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A systemic analysis of the design process within the context of ever-increasing environmental issues

15 January 2015,

In Lieux Communs - Cahiers du LAUA, n°17, "Les Mondes de l’architecture", Ensan, january 2015, pp. 103-120.

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Based on a vision of architecture as a social practice measured through modes of thinking and action, alongside the contributing knowledge and professional skills, this article presents an approach that places particular importance on the role occupied by architectural or urban objects produced in the (re)definition of the social and professional practices of the concerned players.

The context of the development of a “sustainable” town planning and architecture during the first decade of the 21st century in France, considered to be a time of change, is used to highlight the links between “objects” and design activities. Using an example (a block in the Lyon Confluence urban area), this article aims to render tangible the fact that design work is a process that binds together the objects to be designed and an external world. It is a dynamic process of adjustment, negotiation and cooperation that brings into play the knowledge, skills and values provided by the players and which leave traces on the level of the objects.

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