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Generosity and Architecture

Author/EditorMcvicar, Mhairi (Author)
Kite, Stephen (Author)
Drozynski, Charles (Author)
ISBN: 9781032078540
Pub Date28/09/2022
BindingPaperback
Pages36
Dimensions (mm)234(h) * 156(w)
This book proposes that architecture can function as a true embodiment of generosity, and examines how generosity in architecture operates within, and questions, current and historical socio-economic and political systems.
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This book proposes that architecture can function as a true embodiment of generosity, and examines how generosity in architecture operates within, and questions, current and historical socio-economic and political systems. As such, it interrogates ways in which architecture aspires for something more, whether within economic austerities, or within historic contexts of a discipline that has often been preoccupied by cost and quantitative measurement.

The texts presented in this book critically examine the theme of Generosity and Architecture from a variety of perspectives, addressing the theoretical, the historical, and the everyday processes of architectural practice, procurement, and policy in a global context. The book is a richly collaborative text which explores how architecture - in its processes of ordering and shaping space - can represent and embody generosity in all its multi-faceted potential.

This book proposes that architecture can function as a true embodiment of generosity, and examines how generosity in architecture operates within, and questions, current and historical socio-economic and political systems. As such, it interrogates ways in which architecture aspires for something more, whether within economic austerities, or within historic contexts of a discipline that has often been preoccupied by cost and quantitative measurement.

The texts presented in this book critically examine the theme of Generosity and Architecture from a variety of perspectives, addressing the theoretical, the historical, and the everyday processes of architectural practice, procurement, and policy in a global context. The book is a richly collaborative text which explores how architecture - in its processes of ordering and shaping space - can represent and embody generosity in all its multi-faceted potential.

Mhairi McVicar is a Professor at the Welsh School of Architecture and Academic Lead of Cardiff University's Community Gateway, a partnership platform which has developed collaborative work with individuals and groups in Grangetown, Cardiff, since 2012. Mhairi's published and current research examines the role of the architect in pursuing quality and equity in the built environment, with interest in how procedures of architectural education and practice can support trust and long-term collaboration. Stephen Kite is an Emeritus Professor at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Wales, UK. His research explores the history and theory of architecture and its wider links to visual culture. His many publications include the monographs: Shadow Makers: A Cultural History of Shadows in Architecture (2017) and Building Ruskin's Italy: Watching Architecture (2012). Forthcoming, from his more recent research is: Shaping the Surface: Materiality and the History of British Architecture 1840-2000 (2022). Charles Drozynski is a Senior Lecturer of Architecture at the University of the West of England, UK. His research interests include the intersections of architecture and post-linguistic schools of thought; in particular, these put forward by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, with a focus on the significance of subversion as well as new or unconventional ideas in spatial design.

List of figures; Illustration credits; List of contributors; Preface: A love letter to generosity - Nathalie Weadick; Introduction - Mhairi McVicar, Stephen Kite and Charles Drozynski; PART 1: Humanity and Delight 1. Waterlines: RiverBank - Change and the necessity of generosity - Ronit Eisenbach; 2. Generosity as excess: Medievalism and fantasy in London's Victorian sewer works - Martin Bressani and Cigdem Talu; 3. 'Think first of the walls': Surfaces of generosity - William Morris, Philip Webb, and the Arts and Crafts domestic interior - Stephen Kite; 4. Of being an actor or an audience: Generosity in the pattern of staircase as a stage - Nooridayu Ahmad Yusuf; 5. Immanent gifts - Lily Chi; 6. Vessels and landscapes: Emotion and social function - Christopher Platt; 7. Good Life and Flower Tree project - Antonio Capelao; 8. 'Rewild My Street': A model for community-led urban rewilding - Sian Moxon; PART 2: Abundance of Spirit 9. Modernist, Metabolist, and Brutalist generosity - Albert van Jaarsveld; 10. Generosity and architecture's wide-open spaces - Chris L. Smith; 11. Conditional generosity: Architecture for the subvert, Gerlev Parkour Park - Charles Drozynski; 12. Generosity through co-design: Collaborating with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate - Phoebe Crisman; 13. Care and Generosity in Architectural Design - Shelly Cohen; 14. Illegal architecture?: Unravelling the ethics of insurgent practice through the work of Santiago Cirugeda in Spain - Juan Usubillaga; 15. Synergic effects as practical generosity in architecture - Xavier Bonnaud; 16. Camden Active Spaces - Susanne Tutsch and Sarah Ackland; PART 3: Policies of Participation 17. Surplus land - William Hodgson; 18. Maintenance and repair as care with generosity - Juliet Davis; 19. Asking much of all involved: A Community Asset Transfer in Grangetown, Cardiff -Mhairi McVicar; 20. Meanwhile use as generosity? - Cathy Smith; 21. Practice of/with generosity in the contested space of Cyprus - Esra Can; 22. The multi-scalar production of intercultural urban landscapes: Inter-Cultural Nodes as urban and social re-activators - The case of Ballaro, Palermo - Federico Wulff Barreiro and Oscar Brito-Gonzalez; 23. A place for participation on the Old Kent Road - Jane Clossick; 24. Beyond Lending: A case study - George Lovesmith, Mohamad Fez Miah, and Dr Aled Singleton; Select Bibliography; Index

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