How can architects best increase their engagement with building users and wider society to provide better architecture?
Since the mid 1990s government policy has promoted the idea of greater social participation in the production and management of the built environment but there has been limited direction to the practising architect.
Reviewing international cases and past experiences to analyze what lessons have been learnt, this book argues for participation within other related disciplines, and makes a set of recommendations for architectural practices and other key actors.
Foreword Jeremy Till Preface. Summary Part 1: Background, Context and Analytical Framework 1. Concepts of Social Participation in Architecture 2. A Brief Historical Review of Community Technical Aid and Community Architecture 3. International Experience 4. Wider Scoping of Relevant Literature Part 2: Illustrative Case Studies 5. Case Studies of Social Participation in Different Building Types in the UK 6. Case Studies of Organisations with Community-Based Practices in the UK 7. Case Studies of Architectural Educational Institutions 8. Case Studies on the Use of Participatory Computer-Based Techniques Part 3: Findings and Recommendations 9. Analysis of Findings 10. Current Challenges and Recommendations for the UK Part 4: Appendices