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Design Research in Architecture


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Bridging a range of positions between practice and academia, this series seeks out the best proponents of architectural design research from around the world. These texts will be varied in tone and structure, and will discuss aspects including design method, visual representation, textual analysis, social processes, and strategies for action. The series is to be deliberately inclusive in order to encourage a novel and vibrant kind of approach for architectural research. Each of the books will contain a large amount of serious and innovative historical or theoretical research, combined with creative propositions realized through a mixture of drawings, models and textual analysis. It is the essential symbiotic interplay between these components which creates the framework for design research in architecture.

The precise working of the interplay of text and project in architectural design research remains a much debated and relatively unformed issue, and this is of course symptomatic of the conditions facing any newly emerging subject area. The broader questions and theoretical structures of design research have formed the basis of discussions in international refereed journals such as The Journal of Architecture, and there is undoubtedly more intellectual work to be done in such areas. But there is also the need to form knowledge and method through actual propositions, with these studies enabling their authors not just to explore, propose and reflect on their specific subject-at-hand, but also on the wider nature of design research in general. It is for this express reason that this series aims to publish as widely as possible a number of the very best outputs in the field of design research, to allow others to use them as exemplars or to take issue with them through reasoned critique. It is a fertile time for design research and this book series will act at the heart of these investigations and discussions.

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Binding Space: The Book as Spatial Practice

Binding Space: The Book as Spatial Practice

1st Edition

Marian Macken
April 13, 2018

Books orient, intrigue, provoke and direct the reader while editing, interpreting, encapsulating, constructing and revealing architectural representation. Binding Space: The Book as Spatial Practice explores the role of the book form within the realm of architectural representation. It proposes the...

A Musicology for Landscape

A Musicology for Landscape

1st Edition

David Nicholas Buck
May 10, 2017

Drawing conceptually and directly on music notation, this book investigates landscape architecture’s inherent temporality. It argues that the rich history of notating time in music provides a critical model for this under-researched and under-theorised aspect of landscape architecture, while also...

Architecture of Resistance: Cultivating Moments of Possibility within the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict

Architecture of Resistance: Cultivating Moments of Possibility within the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict

1st Edition

Yara Sharif
April 28, 2017

Architecture of Resistance investigates the relationship between architecture, politics and power, and how these factors interplay in light of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. It takes Palestine as the key ground of spatial exploration, looking at the spaces between people, boundary lines,...

Expanding Disciplinarity in Architectural Practice: Designing from the Room to the City

Expanding Disciplinarity in Architectural Practice: Designing from the Room to the City

1st Edition

Tom Holbrook
October 26, 2016

Expanding Disciplinarity in Architectural Practice presents an argument for the role of an architect as a generalist with a particular ability to bring spatial intelligence to bear on the significant issues of planning, settlement, and identity. The book draws on strategy and planning, landscape,...

The Architecture Chronicle: Diary of an Architectural Practice

The Architecture Chronicle: Diary of an Architectural Practice

1st Edition

Jan Kattein
September 28, 2014

During the last 30 years, technological, social, economic and environmental changes have brought about the most dramatic evolution to architectural practice that has taken place since the profession emerged during the Italian Renaissance. Whilst these changes have transformed the way architects...

The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture

The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture

1st Edition

Marcos Cruz
December 31, 2013

Today’s architecture has failed the body with its long heritage of purity of form and aesthetic of cleanliness. A resurgence of interest in flesh, especially in art, has led to a politics of abjection, completely changing traditional aesthetics, and is now giving light to an alternative discussion...

Design Research in Architecture: An Overview

Design Research in Architecture: An Overview

1st Edition

Murray Fraser
December 31, 2013

What is the role of design research in the types of insight and knowledge that architects create? That is the central question raised by this book. It acts as the introductory overview for Ashgate’s major new series, ’Design Research in Architecture’ which has been created in order to establish a...

Transitions: Concepts + Drawings + Buildings

Transitions: Concepts + Drawings + Buildings

1st Edition

Christine Hawley
December 31, 2013

Most architectural books written by practising architects fall into two categories: theoretical texts, or monographs that describe and illustrate the author's projects. This book combines both, as it explores and illustrates the methodological journey required to translate a concept to a drawing...

Digital Poetics: An Open Theory of Design-Research in Architecture

Digital Poetics: An Open Theory of Design-Research in Architecture

1st Edition

Marjan Colletti
December 28, 2013

Digital Poetics celebrates the architectural design exuberance made possible by new digital modelling techniques and fabrication technologies. By presenting an unconventional and original ’humanistic’ theory of CAD (computer-aided design), the author suggests that beyond the generation of...

Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire

Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire

1st Edition

Penelope Haralambidou
December 24, 2013

While much has been written on Marcel Duchamp - one of the twentieth century's most beguiling artists - the subject of his flirtation with architecture seems to have been largely overlooked. Yet, in the carefully arranged plans and sections organising the blueprint of desire in the Large Glass, his...

Architectures of Chance

Architectures of Chance

1st Edition

Yeoryia Manolopoulou
December 11, 2013

Architectural discourse and practice are dominated by a false dichotomy between design and chance, and governed by the belief that the architect’s role is to defend against the indeterminate. In Architectures of Chance Yeoryia Manolopoulou challenges this position, arguing for the need to develop a...

Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure: Making and Using the Urban Environment

Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure: Making and Using the Urban Environment

1st Edition

Nigel Bertram
November 28, 2013

Observation and analysis are types of invention. They make things apparent which perhaps were invisible. By noticing, drawing and naming something we bring it into being. On the other hand, building and making can be thought of as analytical observations, pointing out what had not been so clear...

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