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Quality in Architecture  – learning form history, practice and competitions
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (arc•plan)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9715-9656
2017 (English)In: Art + Design + Architecture 7/2014 / [ed] Mina Di Marino and Helena Teräväinen, Helsinki, 2017, 57-83 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this article is to clarify the concept of quality in architecture and urban design by investigating history and practice. Quality in design is connected to a set of values. The fact that the perception of quality connotes values, varies with time and is different among individuals does not free professional judges from taking a stand on essential quality questions. Therefore quality in architecture and urban design appears to be a fundamentally arguable concept that is subject to a wide range of interpretations. The hypothesis is that quality should be understood as an open and debatable key concept resulting in disagreement and discussion. History and professional practice in competitions support this idea. New cases of quality arise continuously in architecture and urban design. The concept itself is value-laden and quality is interpreted with support of value charged criteria. Quality is something positive which meets with public approval. This type of knowledge is obtained by having good examples and interesting cases pointed out. The target is high quality. A special historical understanding is needed to reach this goal. The concept of quality even reflects the holistic approach of the architectural profession to design projects. The built environment is of public interest. Thus there are different interpretations of the meaning of the concept quality, its scope and status.

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Helsinki, 2017. 57-83 p.
Keyword [en]
Architectural quality, Architecture, Design, Judgment, Essentially contested concept.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-154198ISBN: ISBN: 978-952-60-5833-7OAI: diva2:755480
The 4th Symposium of Architectural Research in Finland & The 4th International Conference on Architectural Competitions 26.-27.10.2012

QC 20141106

Available from: 2014-10-14 Created: 2014-10-14 Last updated: 2014-11-06Bibliographically approved

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