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Five Ways to Make Architecture Political

Five Ways to Make Architecture Political: An Introduction to the Politics of Design Practice

by Albena Yaneva

Albena Yaneva is Professor in Architectural Theory at the University of Manchester, UK, Director of the Manchester Architecture Research Centre, UK and Visiting Professor at the Princeton School of Architecture, USA. She is the author of Mapping Controversies in Architecture (2012), The Making of a Building: A Pragmatist Approach to Architecture (2009), and Made by the Office for Metropolitan Design: An Ethnography of Design (2009). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474252386
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4742-5235-5 (hardback)

    978-1-4742-5234-8 (paperback)

    978-1-4742-5237-9 (epdf)

    978-1-4742-5236-2 (epub)

    978-1-4742-5238-6 (online)
  • Edition:
    First Edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2018
Five Ways to Make Architecture Political
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Five Ways to Make Architecture Political presents an innovative pragmatist agenda that will inspire new thinking about the politics of design and architectural practice.

Moving beyond conventional conversations about design and politics, the book shows how recent developments in political philosophy can transform our understanding of the role of designers. Introducing the framework of contemporary post-foundational politics in a way that is accessible to designers, it asks: how, when, and under what circumstances can design practice generate political relations? How can architectural design become more ‘political’?

Five central chapters, which can be read alone or in sequence, explore the answers to these questions. Powerfully pragmatic in approach, each presents one of the ‘five ways to make architecture political’, and each is illustrated by case studies from a range of contemporary situations around the world. We see how politics happens in architectural practice, learn how different design technologies have political effects, and follow how architects reach different publics, trigger reactions and affect different communities worldwide.

Combining an accessible introduction to contemporary political concepts with a practical approach for a more political kind of practice, this book will stimulate debate among students and theorists alike, and inspire action in established and start-up practices.