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Lighting the blue touch paper, and building well

Platt, Christopher and Spier, Steven (2009) Lighting the blue touch paper, and building well. Architectural Research Quarterly, 13 (1). pp. 21-36. [Journal article]

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Architectural practice has become considerably more complex in the last 20 years. Many more professions are involved in realising a building, and the construction industry has become professionalised in areas such as health and safety, management training and continuing professional development. Procurement methods are proliferating and roles for all involved changing, especially for the architect. Shorter timescales are common and there is a general consensus that , in the UK at least, there is a serious skills shortage in the industry and a decline in the quality of the building trades. The industry has become more litigious and more international. the numerous government reports on the postwar UK building industry have the recurring themes of procurement, relationships among the building professions and industry performance. `No reports start from the fundamental question, however, of how we can build better buildings and spaces; in short, better architecture. Rather, the major criterion in such reports is client satisfaction or industry profit, neither of which necessarily contributes to a better built environment. This articles explores how the culture of quality construction in Switzerland has influenced three generations of architects in initiating and sustaining their design process.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:construction, Zumthor, Bearth and Deplazes, e2a, Swiss architecture
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > The Belfast School of Architecture
ID Code:13292
Deposited By: Professor Steven Spier
Deposited On:27 Apr 2010 09:59
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 10:09

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