Danmark | 23.03.2022

Publishes paper on the social and socio-economic potentials of architecture

In a newly-released paper for the conference proceedings ‘Cities in a Changing World – Questions of Culture, Climate and Design’, our Ph.D.-students Eszter Sántha and Mia Kruse Rasmussen, together with Marie Frier Hvejsel, suggest a more holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to architecture, if we wish to combat the complex challenges posed by climate change.

As an industry, we tend to neglect the long-term social and socio-economic value potentials of architecture when simply focusing on the direct economic output. Consequently, architects often feel the need to compromise in the design and construction process, ultimately limiting their potential contribution towards a sustainable development.

If we instead, the authours argue, begin exploring how architectural means as tectonic gestures can initiate action and change from an architectural, anthropological, and economic perspective, we will gain a much broader understanding of the impact of architecture. Impact that potentially can move our cities in a more enriching and sustainable direction.

The paper is part of the on-going Ph.D. research project, entitled “CATALYST – Architecture as a catalyst for social and socio-economic value creation”, in collaboration with Aalborg University and University of Copenhagen.

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