Thursday, March 17, 2016
Invitation to book launch - The Architect as Worker
Unity Books, Bloomsbury Academic, and Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design
warmly welcome you to the launch of
The Architect as Worker
Tuesday 22nd March 5.30pm
The Atrium, Faculty of Architecture and Design
139 Vivian St, Te Aro, Wellington
Directly confronting the nature of contemporary architectural work, this book is the first to address a void at the heart of architectural discourse and thinking. For too long, architects have avoided questioning how the central aspects of architectural ‘practice’ combine to characterise the work performed in architectural office. The Architect as Worker presents a range of essays exploring the issues central to architectural labour. These include questions about the nature of design work; immaterial and creative labour and how it is categorised, monetised and spatialised; the connection between parametrics, building information modelling and labour; theories of architectural work; architectural design as a cultural and economic condition; entrepreneurialism; and the possibility of ethical and rewarding architectural practice.
The book is a call to arms, and its ultimate goal is to change the practice of architecture. It will strike a chord with architects, who will recognise the struggle of their profession; with students trying to understand the connections between work, value, and creative pleasure; and with academics and cultural theorists seeking to understand what grounds the discipline.
Peggy Deamer is Professor of Architecture and Assistant Dean at Yale University, United States of America, and a visiting scholar at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Unity Bo0oks Welcome