Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism

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Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism
Edited by Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford
Foreword by Thomas Fisher


Expanding Architecture presents a new generation of creative design carried out in the service of the greater public and greater good. Questioning how design can improve daily lives, editors Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford map an emerging geography of architectural activism that is rich in its diversity of approaches. More than thirty essays by practicing architects and designers, urban and community planners, landscape architects, environmental designers, and members of other fields present recent work from around the world that suggests the countless ways that design can address issues of social justice, allow individuals and communities to plan and celebrate their own lives, and serve a much larger percentage of the population than it has in the past. Clearly demonstrating a trend that is moving from the margins into the mainstream, the work encompasses community activism; sustainability; new approaches to prefabrication, manufactured housing, and modular design; a merging of the roles of designer and developer; a deepening commitment to pro bono work; and much more.

Featuring texts by: Peter Aeschbacher, Steve Badanes, Bryan Bell, Damir Blažević, Gail Peter Borden, Sean Donahue, Kathleen Dorgan, Deane Evans, Roberta M. Feldman, Thomas Fisher, Mónica Escobedo Fuentes, José L. S. Gámez, Deborah Gans, Ryan Gravel, Amanda Hendler-Voss, Seth Hendler-Voss, Gregory Herman, Lance Hosey, Jeff Hou, Hsu-Jen Kao, Russell Katz, Chris Krager, Elizabeth Martin, Eric Naslund, Sergio Palleroni, John Peterson, John Quale, Samina Quraeshi, Darl Rastorfer, Michael Rios, Susan Rogers, Alex Salazar, Amanda Schachter, John Sheehan, Laura Shipman, Katie Swenson, Leslie Thomas, Erik Van Mehlman, Barbara B. Wilson, and Chia-Ning Yang.

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