Architecture and Social Value

Kay-Jones, Simon orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-5741-3875 and Ivett, Lee orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-4287-6145 (2021) Architecture and Social Value. In: Social Value in Practice. Routledge. ISBN 9780367457150

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This Chapter sets out the systemic considerations for the architectural professional when considering how to practice social value in architecture. It explores what are the professional practices architectural managers can select, to achieve social value within the construction industry and within the parameters of an Architect’s Office. what we call the praxis of architecture.
The chapter discusses how this praxis, influences and works with particular design thinking strategies in architectural projects, Section 2 illustrates what new strategies architects can utilize to achieve sustainable development goals. It gives guidance on how architects can think and work more strategically about architecture for social value.
The last section discusses the tactics of architecture in acting and framing material choices for social value. It provides examples of architects working tactically to achieve social value and how these impacts sustainable development.
It takes the form of a discursive chapter referencing case studies and examples to provide a toolkit of sorts for Architects, whether that be at the director/partner level or at an entry level designer and assistant.

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