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Architecture as a Global System: Scavengers, Tribes, Warlords and Megafirms

Peter Raisbeck

The architectural profession across the world has been driven by factors including globalisation, neo-liberal economics, technology futures, the rise of social media and the profession's labour practices since the 1980s.

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Book Information

Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Publish Date: 11/08/2019
Pages: 152
ISBN-13: 9781838676568
ISBN-10: 1838676562
Language: English

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The architectural profession across the world has been driven by factors including globalisation, neo-liberal economics, technology futures, the rise of social media and the profession's labour practices since the 1980s. In describing architecture as a global system, this book explores the degree to which architecture remains a distinct field of knowledge.
By employing an overarching institutional logics approach, this book looks beyond the surface spectacle of iconic projects, celebrity architects and media channels. It identifies four categories of architects in this system: scavengers, tribes, warlords and megafirms. Using this structure, the book illuminates the principal territories, archipelagos, boundaries and outposts of architectural knowledge that these actors traverse and highlights the edges at which architectural knowledge is being created and eroded.
The book thus provides a clear-sighted analysis which suggests that architectural design, with its associated techniques and thought, may yet shape and order the future of cities. A clear argument that emerges is that to retain their future agency, architects must understand the contours and ecologies of practice that constitute the global system of architectural production.

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