Organizing for Change: Integrating Architectural Thinking in Other Fields

In the ‘90s, it became abundantly clear that globalization was triggering substantial changes in the field of architecture. Considering architecture in the context of the massive changes currently taking place reveals that we architects cannot participate in this process because our profession is more reactionary and conservative than the rest of the world might suspect. Accordingly, the challenge that architects today ought to—or perhaps even have to—face involves questioning the definitions of our profession. It is essential to ask which skills or what bodies of knowledge are—or could be—inherent to architecture; how we could go about legitimating ourselves to society on the basis of these capabilities and insights; and which possibilities exist to apply these skills and this knowledge in other areas too. That is to say, it is up to us to assess the extent to which architectural thinking can also be applied to other areas in order to thereby perhaps succeed in making the transition from an architecture of form to the architecture of organization.

This book represents the effort to contribute to this in a way that is interesting and interdisciplinary. As dictated by the theme itself, this volume has been intentionally divided into two interrelated domains that deliver insightful reflections of one another. The PROFESSION section focuses on the change or even transformation of the profession into other fields; the other section which has been twisted, the SPACE section, sheds light on operative and architectural strategies, and elaborates on concrete findings and insights that have emerged from dealing with change. Thus, depending on the reader’s interest, each section constitutes a discrete entity that can be read independently of the other.