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dc.contributor.authorMegahed, Yasser
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-30T11:35:57Z
dc.date.available2020-06-30T11:35:57Z
dc.date.issued2020-07-27
dc.identifier.citationMegahed, Y. (2020) Practiceopolis: Stories from the Architectural Profession. London: Routledge.en
dc.identifier.isbn9780367425432
dc.identifier.isbn9780367425449
dc.identifier.isbn9780367853341
dc.identifier.urihttps://dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/19875
dc.description.abstractWith the increasing specialisation in the process of contemporary building production, the value and the role of architects have come into question in construction discourse. From literature about architects losing leadership position in the industry to others arguing that architects must follow the more specialised members of the building team, this book is illustrating the architects’ point of view in this debate, showing one important dimension of the story of building construction. The book is a story about the contemporary architectural profession, in which it acts as the protagonist in the form of an imaginary city called Practiceopolis. Practiceopolis is a fictive city-state, located within a union of states representing different members in the construction domain that together form ‘Constructopolis—the Confederation of the Building Industry’. The novel narrates quasi-realistic stories that exaggerate the architectural ‘everyday’ and the tacit, in order to make it prominent and tangible. They depict and dramatise the value conflicts between the different cultures of practising architecture and between the architectural profession and other members of the building industry as political conflicts occurring around the future of Practiceopolis. The book uses this metaphorical world to examine different ideologies at work among architects and other members of the construction industry and provoke questions about the largely tacit assumptions which inform them. The novel ends in the tradition of dystopian worlds common in a certain strand of graphic novels with near-future speculation that extrapolates present contemporary conditions to warn against a substantial change to the architectural profession.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.subjectgraphic novelen
dc.subjectarchitectural practiceen
dc.subjectarchitectural professionen
dc.subjectDesign Fictionen
dc.subjectvalue of architectsen
dc.subjectrole of architectsen
dc.subjecttechnical-rationalityen
dc.subjectresearch by designen
dc.subjectpractice-based researchen
dc.subjectpractice-led researchen
dc.subjectcomic and architectureen
dc.subjectarchitecture storytellingen
dc.titlePracticeopolis: Stories from the Architectural Professionen
dc.typeBooken
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.funderNo external funderen
dc.cclicenceCC-BY-NCen
dc.date.acceptance2020-06-12
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Architectureen


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