Socially engaged architecture is a broad and emerging architectural genre that promises to redefine architecture from a market-driven profession to a mix of social business, altruism, and activism that intends to eradicate poverty, resolve social exclusion, and construct an egalitarian global society. The Routledge Companion to Architecture and Social Engagement offers a critical enquiry of socially engaged architecture’s current context characterized by socio-economic inequity, climate change, war, increasing global poverty, microfinance, the evolving notion of professionalism, the changing conception of public, and finally the growing academic interest in re-visioning the social role of architecture. Organized around case studies from the United States, Brazil, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, and Japan the book documents the most important recent developments in the field. By examining diverse working methods and philosophies of socially engaged architecture, the handbook shows how socially engaged architecture is entangled in the global politics of poverty, reconstruction of the public sphere, changing role of the state, charity, and neoliberal urbanism. The book presents debates around the issue of whether architecture actually empowers the participators and alleviates socio-economic exclusion or if it instead indirectly sustains an exploitive capitalism. Bringing together a range of theories and case studies, this companion offers a platform to facilitate future lines of inquiry in education, research, and practice.

part I|45 pages

Engagement as Discourse

part II|68 pages

Targets of Engagement

chapter 5|15 pages

Retracing the Emergence of a Human Settlements Approach

Designing in, From and With Contexts of Development

chapter 7|16 pages

Tracing the History of Socially Engaged Architecture

School Building as Development Aid in Postcolonial Sub-Saharan Africa

chapter 8|15 pages

The Opera Village Africa

Christoph Schlingensief and His Social Sculpture

chapter 9|13 pages

Seeking Appropriate Methods

The Role of Public-Interest Design Advocacy in the High Himalaya

part III|51 pages

Structures of Engagement

chapter 12|12 pages

Sale Ends Soon

Epistemological Alternatives to Flying Architects

chapter 13|11 pages

Creating the Environment for Social Engagement

The Experience of Venezuela

part IV|63 pages

Subjects of Engagement

chapter 14|17 pages

Housing for Spatial Justice

Building Alliances Between Women Architects and Users

chapter 15|15 pages

Children’s Engagement in Design

Reflections From Research and Practice

chapter 16|14 pages

The Garden of Liberation

Emptiness and Engagement at Suan Mokkh, Chaiya

chapter 17|15 pages

The Darker Side of Social Engagement

part V|38 pages

Tectonics of Engagement

chapter 18|10 pages

A Comparative History of Live Projects Within the United States and the UK

Key Characteristics and Contemporary Implications

chapter 19|14 pages

The Do-It-Your(Self)

The Construction of Social Identity Through DIY Architecture and Urbanism

chapter 20|12 pages

Building the Unseen

A Shift to a Socially Engaged Architecture Education

part VI|53 pages

Environmental Engagement

chapter 21|18 pages

Umdenken Umschwenken

Environmental Engagement and Swiss Architecture 1

chapter 23|16 pages

Salvage Salvation

Counterculture Trash as a Cultural Resource

part VII|73 pages

Mapping Engagement

chapter 25|13 pages

Understanding Public Interest Design

A Conceptual Taxonomy

chapter 26|16 pages

Architecture Before 3.11

Unspoken Social Architecture During the Blank 25 Years of Japan

chapter 27|14 pages

The Reciprocity Between Architects and Social Change

Taiwan Experience After the 1990s

chapter 28|16 pages

Transforming the Spatial Legacies of Colonialism and Apartheid

Participatory Practice and Design Agency in Southern Africa

part VIII|52 pages

Engagement in Emergency

chapter 29|14 pages

What We Can Learn From Refugees

chapter 30|16 pages

Displacement, Labor and Incarceration

A Mid-Twentieth-Century Genealogy of Camps

chapter 32|8 pages

Architecture Without Borders?

The Globalization of Humanitarian Architecture Culture