A critical framework for methodological research in architecture

Franz, Jill M. (1994) A critical framework for methodological research in architecture. Design Studies, 15(4), pp. 433-47.


This paper reviews a cross-section of methodological studies undertaken in architecture since the Second World War. Despite a variety of orientations, technically, conceptually and philosophically, most studies reflect an understanding of people and objects as discrete entities interacting in a passive and unilateral manner. This dominant dualist understanding is concluded to be the essential cause of the ‘implementation gap’ between architectural research and practice. For the gap to close, the development and institution of a critical framework is needed which encourages researchers to acknowledge explicitly the ontological and epistemological issues associated with architectural practice, education and research. Underlying this recommendation is a dialectic appreciation of person-world interaction; one which accepts as a holistic theme for inquiry, the experiential and interpretative quality of human thinking, feeling and action.

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ID Code: 7794
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: methodological research, critical framework, architecture, design
ISSN: 0142-694X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1994 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 25 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:41

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