Theorising the Project: A Thematic Approach to Architectural Design
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2011 Author: Michael Tawa
ISBN: 9781443832960 Format: Hardback, 288pp, 213mm x 160mm x 28mm
Theorising the Project aims to explore a thematic approach to architectural design. It conceptualises the design process in a general sense through seven key phases: developing a thematic framework and a line of inquiry to situate the project; investigating the project brief and mapping the project site to unravel potential themes and questions; situating technology as a formative condition for design; analysing precedents from the arts, literature and architecture to elaborate implications for design and considering representation as equally constitutive of the design undertaking. In doing so, Michael Tawa engages with theoretical material by Giorgio Agamben, Gilles Deleuze, Martin Heidegger, Francois Jullien, Manuel De Landa and Jean-Luc Nancy.
Illustrated with drawings and photographs by Tawa, Theorising the Project will be of interest to practitioners and students of art, design and the built environment who wish to expand the foundational premises for design, widen the creative scope of their practice, and exploit the thematic and metaphorical capacities of their project work.