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Mapping the expanding and fracturing field of architecture

Golden, Saul (2017) Mapping the expanding and fracturing field of architecture. In: Architectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges. (Eds: Couceiro da Costa, M.J.R., Roseta, F., Couceiro da Costa, S. and Lages, J.P.), CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 324-332. ISBN 9781138029668 [Book section]

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URL: https://www.crcpress.com/Proceedings-of-the-EAAE-ARCC-10th-International-Conference-EAAE-ARCC-2016/Rodrigues-Couceiro-da-Costa/p/book/9781138029668

DOI: 10.1201/9781315226255-108


This paper illustrates and discusses a unique mapping of architecture practice, tracing arrays of critical, com- pared to commercial, practice approaches. It visually interprets the sociologist and philosopher Bourdieu’s theories on the interactions between agents and institutions to the field of architecture. Discussions relate Bourdieu’s concepts of habitus and capital to key stages of UK architectural practice from the mid-1950s through 2015. The paper contributes to contemporary knowledge and debates about architects’ shifting roles and practice types in privatised, market-led processes by providing a spatial framework to trace the increas- ingly fractured nature of the profession. Established and emerging areas of architecture, derived from litera- ture reviews and primary sources, are evaluated as practice types in which agents seek –– at one end of the field –– to preserve, protect, or enhance traditional norms, versus those –– at opposite ends –– who challenge, and at times subvert traditional practice norms in favour of more critical approaches.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:architecture, critical practice, Bourdieu, field-structure analysis
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > The Belfast School of Architecture
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Centre for Research on Property and Planning (RPP)
ID Code:36858
Deposited By: Mr Saul Golden
Deposited On:08 Feb 2017 11:27
Last Modified:01 Sep 2017 09:45

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