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Design as Scholarship
Crafting Production
Jennifer Akerman
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Academically driven design-build is an alternative—and even subversive—way to build, incorporating social needs, political will, and a novice yet ideological workforce. The ramifications of Modernism and the opportunities and liabilities of the postindustrial context have created ideal conditions for academically driven design-build efforts to thrive. Today’s design-build agent selectively engages high- and low-tech means in the service of a bigger agenda, understanding architecture as a social production as much as a technological one. For the case study presented here, issues of social justice and community-oriented design become key motivations for the production of architecture through a messy but rich partnership of students, faculty, community leaders, city officials, and construction professionals. Read the full article at Taylor & Francis.