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Initiating Architecture: call for participation

A call for participation came in tonight from my good friend and colleague Anna Holder at the University of Sheffield. For her ongoing doctoral research she’s “exploring architectural projects with ‘social’ or ‘public interest’ motivations: projects in which the designer aims to influence or serve a wider community and through the development on an architectural project, critically engages with agendas of socio-economic change.” Anna writes:

I’m currently compiling a long-list of case study projects for my doctoral research project ‘Initiating Architecture’, and I would love to hear any ideas you might have for UK projects that might be interesting for me to look at, or people you think I should try to talk to.

Initiating Architecture’ is a three year research project carried out at the University of Sheffield and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, investigating the ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of transforming the built environment to address everyone’s needs and rights. The main aim of the research is to better understand the processes, actions and knowledge involved in making social or public interest architecture, through exploring in detail how such projects are initiated. 

The focus of the research is the ‘initiating’ process – how a project moves from collection of needs, an idea, or a funding initiative through to a brief and the development of strategy to build. It considers the values and motivations behind transformative projects, and how power and knowledge is used in the early stages of creating buildings or spatial projects, exploring the power and agency of architectural practitioners, clients, building contractors, local authorities and building users to affect change in the built environment.

If you’d like to take part in the research, or if you would like to suggest a possible project or participant to be included in the study, you can contact Anna via her website: initiatingarchitecture.wordpress.com



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