Don't Drop the Batton: Reclaiming a Knowledge of Construction

Crowther, Philip (2005) Don't Drop the Batton: Reclaiming a Knowledge of Construction. TAKE 4 - Collaboration and Coalition: Creating Architectural Knowledge in Contemporary Practice, pp. 51-59.


This paper presents a discussion about the common mode of architectural practice that sees the knowledge of architects spread wide but thin across many areas. It proposes, by example, a different mode of practice that sees the architect limiting the scope or breadth of practice, but deepening the knowledge of, and influence upon, a project. When the architect is also the builder, an internalised form of collaboration and a range of new possibilities occurs. There is the potential for on-site detailing which can lead to a different mode of practice and a different tectonically influenced style of architecture. The role of contract documents changes. Knowledge from two fields is blended and a more sophisticated knowledge base, by virtue of it broader field of input, is made possible.

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ID Code: 2890
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: architecture, collaboration, construction, knowledge, practice
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Royal Australian Institute of Architects
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 13 Dec 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 12:38

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