World Architecture Magazine (Beijing): An architecture for the People?

Publication :World Architecture, China. #6, 2017
Author: Co-authorship Mirza Mujezinovic and Halvor Weider Ellefsen
Essay exploring the dialectics between architectural production and social democracy.
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The article explores the relations between the architectural object and government, arguing that social sustainability to a less extent depends on the social idealism of architects, than on how governmental political economic practices nurture and facilitates for architectural conduct: While the re-politicization of architecture might have provided the profession with novel agendas for architectural practice also in the Norwegian context, the impact of such reassessments is of minor significance, and there have been few examples of social oriented architecture emerging out of societal or professional necessity.Thus, social resilience in the Norwegian context can maybe most fruitfully be addressed in the perspective of government programs, and the role architecture plays in terms of providing public-sector services: The perpetual reinvention and refinement of governance processes also affect its architectural residues, reflecting the social dimension of political reform.

 

 

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