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Architectural competitions - histories and practice: Editors’ comments
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (arc•plan)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9715-9656
SBi, Aalborg Universitet.
Chalmers, Köpenhamns Universitet.
2013 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Architectural competitions are no longer simply professional praxis for architects and a recurrent exercise for students at schools of architecture. The competition has also turned into a field of research, and this book is part of an effort constituting the architectural competition as a field for studies with scholarly claims. The first doctoral dissertations on competitions were presented in the 1990s in Europe. Another clear manifestation of research interest is the growth and spread of scholarly conferences on architectural competitions.


The contributions to the book show in a convincing way that the architectural competition is an interesting and rewarding object for research. The competition processes bear rich empirical findings to which one may refer for knowledge about architecture as professional practice, as educational subject and research platform. The architectural competition illustrates processes of change in society that are technical and organizational as well as social; it shows up constructive dilemmas, the borderline of rationality and the relative, creative insecurity of knowledge production in architectural projects. 


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hamburgsund: Rio Kulturkooperativ & KTH , 2013. , 9 p.
Keyword [en]
Architectural competitions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-123400ISBN: 978-91-85247-16-9OAI: diva2:626353

QC 20130610

Available from: 2013-06-07 Created: 2013-06-07 Last updated: 2013-06-10Bibliographically approved

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