Architecture Beyond Criticism: Expert Judgment And Performance Evaluation by Wolfgang F. E. PreiserArchitecture Beyond Criticism: Expert Judgment And Performance Evaluation by Wolfgang F. E. Preiser

Architecture Beyond Criticism: Expert Judgment And Performance Evaluation

EditorWolfgang F. E. Preiser, Aaron T. Davis, Ashraf M. Salama

Paperback | January 28, 2015

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For the first time, this book demonstrates that the two paradigms of architectural criticism and performance evaluation can not only co-exist but complement each other in the assessment of built works.

As architecture takes more principled stances worldwide, from environmental sustainability to social, cultural, and economic activism, this book examines the roles of perceived and measured quality in architecture. By exploring in tandem both subjective traditional architectural criticism and environmental design and performance evaluation and its objective evaluation criteria, the book argues that both methodologies and outcomes can achieve a comprehensive assessment of quality in architecture.

Curated by a global editorial team, the book includes:

  • Contributions from international architects and critics based in the UK, USA, Brazil, France, Qatar, Egypt, New Zealand, China, Japan and Germany
  • Global case studies which illustrate both perspectives addressed by the book and comparative analyses of the findings
  • A six part organization which includes introductions and conclusions from the editors, to help guide the reader and further illuminate the contributions.

By presenting a systematic approach to assessing building performance, design professionals will learn how to improve building design and performance with major stakeholders in mind, especially end users/occupants.

EditorsWolfgang F. E. Preiser,Aaron T. Davis,Ashraf M. SalamaandAndrea Hardyrepresent an aggregate of cutting-edge architectural practice, consulting, research and lecturing on a global basis. They have a collective publication record of 25 books with major publishing houses from around the world. Senior editor Wolfgang F. E. Preiser h...
Title:Architecture Beyond Criticism: Expert Judgment And Performance EvaluationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.6 × 6.8 × 0.7 inPublished:January 28, 2015Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:041572533X

ISBN - 13:9780415725330

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Table of Contents

Preface  Acknowledgements  ForewordNigel Oseland Part 1: Introduction Wolfgang F.E. Preiser, Aaron T. Davis, Ashraf M. Salama, Andrea Hardy Part 2: Evolution and Role of Architectural Criticism 2. Identity Crisis: Estrangement in the Evolution of Architectural CriticismAaron T. Davis  3. The Role of Editors as CriticsMichael J. Crosbie 4. Is Curating the New Criticism?Pedro Gadanho 5. Architectural Radicalism and Criticism in BrazilJose T. Lira 6. Superficial Material SimilitudeGalia Solomonoff  7. The Performance of Buildings, Architects, and CriticsThomas Fisher  Reflections on Part 2Daniel S. Friedman Part 3: Plurality of Perspectives on Criticism in Architecture  8. Media Coverage and Users' Reactions: Al Azhar Park in Cairo Re-examinedAshraf M. Salama  9. The Influence of the 'Milieu' on Architectural CriticismYann Nussaume  10. Architectural Criticism and Building Evaluation in GermanyUrsula Baus,Ulrich Schramm  11. An Analytical Critique of Cairene Urban Conservation ProjectsRemah Y. Gharib  12. Buildings and Their Use: The Dog That Didn't BarkFrank Duffy  13. Oblique Alternatives: Architectural Advancement Through PerformancePaul Knox  Reflections on Part 3Daniel S. Friedman Part 4: Historical Review and Types of Building Performance Evaluation  14. Historical Review of Building Performance EvaluationWolfgang F.E. Preiser,Andrea E. Hardy  15. Building Performance Evaluation in the UK: So Many False DawnsBill Bordass,Adrian Leaman  16. Architectural Criticism and Building Performance Evaluation in ChinaClare Jacobson  17. Architectural Criticism Meets Building Evaluation in JapanAkikazu Kato, Gen Taniguchi, Shiho Mori  18. A Global Perspective on BPE as an Extension of Architectural CriticismChris Watson  Reflections on Part 4Daniel S. Friedman Part 5: Architectural Analysis within Building Performance Evaluation  19. Using Scientific Research Methods in Assessing Visual Aesthetic QualityJack L. Nasar  20. Performing the Urban Form-Based Codes as a Method of Architectural CritiqueBrenda C. Scheer  21. The Socio-cultural Context of Architectural Criticism and EvaluationYasser Mahgoub  22. Quality Assessments in Health Care EnvironmentsDina Battisto, Deborah Franqui, Clayton Boenecke  23. Building Performance Evaluations and Universal DesignKorydon H. Smith  24. Regenerative Design: Redefining the Limits of Architectural JudgmentElizabeth Walsh, Steven A. Moore  Reflection on Part 5 Daniel S. Friedman Part 6:Epilogue  25. Talking the Talk: About ArchitectureIke Ijeh

Editorial Reviews

¿Imagine if architects were trained to respond dynamically to their critics? Imagine if architecture critics practiced with sufficient rigor to be taken seriously by architects? This book is a brave and original attempt to bring together two antagonistic cultures. It points the way to a better-performing future¿for critics, for architects, and for those of us, all of us, who would benefit from a built world capable of learning from the lessons of the present.¿ - Philip Nobel, Editorial Director, SHoP Architects 'This is a provocative and fascinating examination of the dissolving boundaries between architectural criticism and building performance evaluation, from the historic roots of each to their evolving, sometimes contentious, relationship today. The international roster of contributing architects, planners, critics, and academics offer compelling arguments and case studies that should be fodder for debate in many spheres for many years to come.' - Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, Founder and Editor,, and Editor, Oculus magazine ¿Powerful building design tools and methodologies, coupled with advanced construction technologies, have enabled architects to create buildings increasingly complex in form and function. Yet assessment of architecture, especially in public media, remains highly subjective and qualitative, focused mostly on visual, contextual and historical attributes.¿ Evidence-based evaluation and objective measurement of building performance - functional, technical, environmental, sociological, economic, and political - are rare in critical discourse. The diverse contributors to Architecture Beyond Criticism rigorously address these contrasting assessment paradigms and, often using place and project case studies, show why architectural criticism must become more comprehensive. Any professional who judges architecture - media critics, historians, design professors, practicing architects, and building engineers - should read this insightful, well researched book.¿ - Roger K. Lewis, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, is a practicing architect and urban planner; a Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Maryland College Park; and an author and journalist 'Critique has long been considered a vital force in driving architectural excellence. Yet few educators understand the differences between good, actionable critical feedback and creatively limiting, negative feedback. This book invites both established educators and practitioner critics to consider some of the tacit agendas that influence design critique, and the role it has to play in shaping both the values and practices of tomorrows profession.' - Dr Harriet Harris, Principal Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University