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Participation: A Disciplinary Border for Architectural Research and Practice
Hamarat, Yaprak; Schelings, Clémentine; Elsen, Catherine
2022In Architecture, 2 (4), p. 711-723
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Keywords :
Participation, Architecture
Abstract :
[en] This editorial note provides an extended summary and transversal analysis of ten articles gathered for the 2022 Special Issue on participation in contemporary architecture. The call for contribution circulated in June 2021 attracted papers from Central Europe (n=8) and North America (n=2), and presents an overview of ongoing practices and research in participatory architecture in these areas. The Special Issue aimed to study the connections between disciplines and gathered nine empirical cases and one literature review. In this editorial note, we first analyze these contributions to better understand the nature of architecture in participating in the profiles of end-users and project teams, and the scale of the projects. Secondly, we highlight four lessons taken from these practices and studies: we emphasize how participation in architecture (1) emerges and operates in interstitial spaces; (2) often deployed for and with “vulnerable” end-user groups, this “vulnerability” provides power and originality to processes and outcomes; (3) inspirational principles, guides, and frameworks are produced as outcomes; and finally, (4) social architectures are deployed beyond tangible concepts through a multilevel relationship to pedagogy. Finally, we observe that reflections on gender, politics, decoloniality, and disciplinary transfers remain underexplored and need to be explicitly studied and integrated.
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Engineering, computing & technology: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Author, co-author :
Hamarat, Yaprak 
Schelings, Clémentine  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département ArGEnCo > LEMA (Local environment management and analysis)
Elsen, Catherine  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département ArGEnCo > Composition architecturale
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Participation: A Disciplinary Border for Architectural Research and Practice
Publication date :
07 November 2022
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Special issue title :
Contemporary Issues in Participatory Architecture
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Name of the research project :
FEDER Wal-E-Cities; Mandat d'Impulsion Scientifique "Inter'Act"
Funders :
FEDER - Fonds Européen de Développement Régional [BE]
F.R.S.-FNRS - Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique [BE]
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