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Architecture as Politics

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The Role of Design and Planning for Peace and Sustainable Development

The Role of Design and Planning for Peace and Sustainable Development

Architecture as Politics. The Role of Design and Planning for Peace and Sustainable Development,

The main aim of this publication is to stimulate the debate about the responsibility of designers and planners for sustainable development of the built environment. A secondary aim is to document the achievements of ARC•PEACE during its 15 years’ of work.

The title “Architecture as Politics” is chosen as a common denominator of the contributions to this book. Politics is taken in its widest sense, i.e. as something that concerns society and people in general. The focus is on the role of design and planning for sustainable and peaceful development.

The authors of this anthology are all ARC•PEACE members. Some are scholars who write from a perspective of their scientific interest. Others write as peace and environment activists. This combination suits ARC•PEACE well since our organisation does not only wish to explain what is going on in reality, but also to change reality towards a more liveable world.

Foreword

The idea of summarising the experience of ARC•PEACE work in the form of a publication was discussed already in 1996. Sven Thiberg – ARC•PEACE chairman at that time – proposed the writing of an anthology in collaboration between the active members. It was suggested that the focus would be on the history of ARC•PEACE, partly to serve as an introduction of new members and partly to show our achievements to the public in general. Later – again at the proposal of Sven Thiberg – it was decided to make the book more forward-looking by focusing on the responsibility of designers and planners for sustainable development, particularly with reference to the planned follow-up conference ten years after the World Summit on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro 1992.

The present publication tries to combine the two aims mentioned above. We summarise the achievements of ARC•PEACE at the same time as we try to formulate goals for our professions. The main focus is on peace and sustainability issues – two of ARC•PEACE’s three main goals. The third important goal – to make architects and planners more concerned with global housing problems – was the main subject of our previous publication “The role of design and planning professionals for solving the global housing problem” (2000).

The main title of this publication is “Architecture as Politics”. One reason for this choice is that we see this theme as a common denominator for the contributions to this book. Politics is taken here in its widest sense, i.e. as something that concern society and people in general.

The authors of this anthology are all ARC•PEACE members. Some are scholars who write from a perspective of their scientific interest. Others are active professionals who write as peace and environment activists. This combination suits the ARC•PEACE cause quite well, since our organization does not only wish to explain what is going on in reality, but also to change it towards a more livable world.

We hope that this book will attract an interest in wide circles; that it will cause debate among  rofessionals, and perhaps also be used in teaching. We further more hope that the publication will become a tool to attract new members to ARC•PEACE.

Stockholm, October 2002

Dick Urban Vestbro
Co-chair of ARC•PEACE

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  • Location: Stockholm
  • Author: Dick Urban Vestbro
  • Number of Pages: 80
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