Architectural Knowledge: The Idea of a Profession by Francis Duffy

By Francis Duffy

Those essays, written over a 3rd of a century in the course of a time of big ideological, technological and methodological upheaval, witness British architecture's unceasing negotation with an unlimited and rigorous set of constraints and its eventual emergence as a very glossy career - a unique curiosity team responsive and answerable to social adjustments yet formed and expert by means of values and rules that could be on an extended cycle and maybe a loftier aircraft. The backdrop to this debate is the time period of government of the RIBA held by way of Francis Duffy, Chairman of DEGW, united kingdom, among 1993 and 1995. in this interval the architectural occupation confronted significant demanding situations and threats. The booklet appears on the courting among the architectural career and the equipped setting within the context of the nice political and social cycles within the British post-war interval. Francis Duffy's writings supply extra insights and viewpoints to the topic.

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They often lack rigour; not all of them have carried the physical description far enough; nowhere, except in Joiner’s work, is the relationship between the physical and the social really thoroughly investigated. Yet in all of them is a sense of comparison which indicates an open-ended attitude to culture and to the expression of values in design. In all of them there is potential for the systematic examination of variations in building form in parallel with variations in society. “Intersystems congruence” Michelson (1970) in his valuable book Man and his Urban Environment, outlines an approach to the study of the relationship between people and buildings which he calls “intersystems congruence”.

The links in the law office are so attenuated that it seems that little time will be saved or opportunities lost if there are even considerable barriers between the nodes. It must be admitted that the charting method does not pick up the rest of this explanation, which is that openness can be used as a device to prevent the nuisance of prolonged pleading, and that enclosed rooms are a way of making clients feel that they can take time to reveal, eventually, their deepest motives. Explanation 4 is picked up by the data on complete bars to face-to-face links in the lawyers’ office.

In what manner authority is delegated. What staff/line relationships there are. Symbols of status considered necessary. Opportunities for group working. What span of control is appropriate. Grade and skill of staff involved. The problem is to find a way of setting about obtaining these data. The advantage of the overall view described is that it makes it easy to combine separate techniques into a complete and rounded information-gathering and analytical method. Current practice, since it has largely been developed in industry, does not provide ways of obtaining all the information which is vital for the design of offices.

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