Who is the architect and what do they do?

For the duration of this project, I have been thinking of the architect as an ‘other’ rather than myself, and through pursuing DaDA within my scenario I think I have perhaps taken it too far by minimising the role of the architect to such an extent that they are almost irrelevant.  Although I am happy with the strength of the distributed agency within my scenario, it is clear that in order to promote this as a realistic model for the role of architects to be developed in future, the architect (ME!) must have more significance.

One of the skills that I think architects have which may be applied to DaDA is the ability to translate.  We are constantly translating things between different parties, whether this is through summing up elements or breaking them down into more understandable pieces.

In reading sections of the book Design Act (Ericson, & Mazé, 2011) I came across some forms of practice which helped to inspire the next stage of my scenario.


Caravan Project by Fantastic Norway
Fantastic Norway Caravan_Wallpaper Mag
The leaders of the project travelled around in a caravan, visiting different places and using the caravan as their office & workspace.  They became temporary residents in their chosen area and interracted with many of the permanent residents in order to work out the architectural needs of the community.  Discussions were held in the caravan in order to help keep them informal, though  each project involved stakeholders, partners etc.  At the end of each visit, a public presentation and brochure are produced.


xClinic by Natalie Jeremijenko and xClinic staff


This was a project run through NYU which provided ‘prescriptions’ to cure each patients local design environment.


Alzheimer 100 by Think Public


One element of this project was a skill sharing workshop which trained people in film making so that they could record their own experience.






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