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KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (arc•plan)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9715-9656
2012 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The theme chosen for the present special issue of Nordic Journal of Architectural Research is Competing in Architecture. For architects competing is of particular interest. This is due not only to the fact that the competition to architects is a way of presenting their work to potential clients, a way of probing their creative ability and impressing their colleagues. It is just as important that competition activity is part of the architects’ self image and professional culture and that the competition is supported by their own organization. The architecture competition in its modern form was revitalized in Europe at the end of the 19th century in the wake of industrialisation, while at the same time architects organized themselves as a profession. This is the reason for the special position occupied by competitions among architects. The present-day importance of the competition is demonstrated by the fact that architects’ associations employ competition secretaries and at their annual meetings select committees to supervise competition activities. Competition projects are commented on and presented in special journals and on home pages. These are all clear signs of the significance of the competition to the profession. One of the first tasks of the architects’ organization was to systematize competing in architecture and urban design. The next task was to get the competition rules accepted by clients as well as their own members. One of the competition forms—the project competition—has been included in the legislation of EU member states through a specific resolution (Directive 2004/18/EC). As a consequence of this regulating activity the competition has acquired a double role, turning into an arena for the development of innovative solutions to design problems as well as becoming a tool for the commissioning of architect services for public projects. 

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Oslo: Nordic Association of Architectural Research , 2012. , 7 p.
, Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, 1
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Architectural competition, competing in archtecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-98296OAI: diva2:536552
Qc 20120726Available from: 2012-07-26 Created: 2012-06-22 Last updated: 2012-07-26Bibliographically approved

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