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Title: ARCHITECTURE: A COMPROMISED PROFESSION IN THE NEOLIBERAL CITY
Authors: LIM XU FEN BRENDA
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master (Architecture)
Jeffrey Chan Kok Hui
2014/2015 Aki DT
Architectural ethics
Contemporary
Neoliberalism
Paradox
Spatial Justice
Issue Date: 20-Nov-2014
Citation: LIM XU FEN BRENDA (2014-11-20). ARCHITECTURE: A COMPROMISED PROFESSION IN THE NEOLIBERAL CITY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The role of architects has been changing throughout history. The architect in the Renaissance is starkly different from the modern architects of today. The profession in contemporary times, call for the architects to take on multiple roles in not only the design and construction process, but also to handle client’s demands as well. This is especially so in neoliberal cities, where architects often find themselves constrained by various economic variables, demanded by the developers. It is the architect’s professional obligation to meet the demands of the client to the best of his or her abilities. However, most of the time, these profit-driven demands often come at the cost of social well-being and the environment. Hence, the architect often finds himself in a conflicted position. Contemporary architecture is a reflection of the state of the economy, the need for efficiency, low-cost high yield and the need to maximise profits. Contemporary architecture is then evaluated based on these quantifiable variables, which would then inevitably, direct the architect’s attention to where such emphasis has been placed. Unlike economic gains and efficiency, the integral needs of society, such as the user’s level of fulfillment and sense of belonging, society’s well-being and social justice do not contribute to neoliberal advancements. Hence, in a neoliberal city, these integral needs – which are as significant as their more tangible counterparts – have been neglected. This dissertation aims to evaluate the failure of the architecture profession in neoliberal cities to cater for the integral needs of the society and to expound on the reasons for these failures. It also aims to question the role or priority of the contemporary architect in the context of neoliberal economies, where these integral needs are becoming an increasingly significant discourse.
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