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Architecture and Space Re-Imagined

Architecture and Space Re-Imagined

by Richard Bower

Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781138934146
Pages: 224
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Date posting: 2021-05-08


As with so many facets of contemporary western life, architecture and space are often experienced and understood as a commodity or product. This book seeks to offer alternatives to the practices and values of such westernised space and ‘Architecture’ (with a capital A), by exploring the participatory and grass-roots practices used in alternative development models in the global South. This process re-contextualises the spaces, values, and relationships produced by such alternative methods of development and social agency. It asks whether these spatial practices provide concrete realisations of some key concepts of Western spatial theory, questioning whether we might challenge the space and architectures of capitalist development by learning from the places and practices of others. In exploring these themes this book critically examines alternative development practices methods in the global South, re-contextualising them as architectural engagements with socio-political space. In comparing interdisciplinary discourses this book reveals the political, social, and economic resonances inherent between these previously unconnected spatial protagonists. The interdependence of spatial issues of choice, value, and identity revealed in this analysis allows this book to engage with other connected socio-spatial discourses and concepts including post-marxist theory, orientalism, post-structural pluralism, development anthropology, post-colonial theory, hybridity, difference and subalterneity. By looking to the spaces and practices of alternative development in the global South this book offers a critical reflection upon the working practices of Westernised architecture and other spatial and political practices. In exploring the methodologies, implications and values of such participatory development practices this book ultimately seeks to articulate the positive potential and political re-imagining of space as a practice and architecture as a verb.