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An Architektur 19-21
Community Design. Involvement and Architecture in the US since 1963
Abbildungen s/w und farbig


An Architektur 19
Community Design: Projects

Community Design denominates a socially engaged architecture and planning practice that cultivates a self organized and participatory planning approach since more than 40 years. Its potential for an oppositional architectural practice depends not only on its significant ability to serve better for those people disregarded by the mainstream production of space, but in its reflection and sometimes rejection of capitalist claims to the production of space.


With material and descriptions of more than 50 historic and contemporary Community Design Centers: ARCH (The Architects Renewal Committee in Harlem), Pratt Center for Community Development, The Real Great Society, Architecture 2001, Community Design Associates, Community Based Projects, Urban Planning Aid, San Francisco Community Design Center, TAR (The Architects’ Resistance), Urban Design Group, Architects Workshop, Community Design Center of Pittsburgh, Los Angeles Community Design Center, Metro Link, Neighborhood Design Center, Urban Deadline, Assist, Community Design Center of Minnesota, Community Development Group, Troy Architectural Program, Urban Field Service, Young Great Society Building Foundation, Cleveland Design Center, Environmental Works, Design Coalition, SCI-Arc Community Design Program, Asian Neighborhood Design, Planners Network, Urban Ecology, ACD (Association for Community Design), Community Design Center of Atlanta, Carl Small Town Center, ADPSR (Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility), Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, City College Architecture Center, BaSiC Initiative, Community Design Collaborative, Design Corps, Yale Urban Design Workshop, Archeworks, Rural Studio, City Design Center, Detroit Collaborative Design Center, Studio 804, CUP (the Center for Urban Pedagogy), Metropolitan Design Center, Hamer Center for Community Design, Estudio Teddy Cruz, College of Architecture and Planning: Indianapolis Center, Hester Street Collaborative, Charlottesville Community Design Center, Austin Community Design and Development Center, Building Community Workshop, CITYbuild, Gulf Coast Community Design Studio


An Architektur 20
Community Design: Texts

“Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have. The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear, and retreat. (…) The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.” (Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals. A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals)


With Texts by Paul Davidoff, Lisa R. Peattie, Frances Fox Piven, Saul Alinsky, Mary C. Comerio, Henry Sanoff, Kathy Dorgan, Roberta Feldman, Cheryl Doble, Peter Aeschbacher, Anthony W. Schuman


An Architektur 21
Community Design: Public Interviews

“In the US there is less visible social activism, and especially in architecture schools and architectural discourse, the notion that architecture has any role to play in the political arena is dismissed. How often I have heard: ‘We're architects. We make form. It's up to sociologists, economists and politicians to figure out the rest’. I believe that this is absolutely wrong.” (Roberta Feldman)


With Interviews: „Consensus, Equality, Experts and Good Design“ with Roberta Feldman (University of Illinois, Chicago) and Henry Sanoff (North Carolina State University, Raleigh), „Education, Pluralist Planning, New Institutions and Language“ with Damon Rich (Center for Urban Pedagogy, New York) und Michael Rios (University of California, Davis)


The interviews were hosted by arttransponder Berlin