Space Unveiled: Invisible Cultures in the Design Studio

1st Edition

Carla Jackson Bell

Routledge
Published October 11, 2016
Reference - 262 Pages
ISBN 9781138229280 - CAT# Y308608
Series: Routledge Research in Architecture

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Summary

Since the early 1800s, African Americans have designed signature buildings; however, in the mainstream marketplace, African American architects, especially women, have remained invisible in architecture history, theory and practice.

Traditional architecture design studio education has been based on the historical models of the Beaux-Arts and the Bauhaus, with a split between design and production teaching. As the result of current teaching models, African American architects tend to work on the production or technical side of building rather than in the design studio. It is essential to understand the centrality of culture, gender, space and knowledge in design studios.

Space Unveiled is a significant contribution to the study of architecture education, and the extent to which it has been sensitive to an inclusive cultural perspective. The research shows that this has not been the case in American education because part of the culture remains hidden.

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