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ArchitectsPortraits of a Practice$
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Thomas Yarrow

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501738494

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501738494.001.0001

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Before the Beginning

Before the Beginning

Chapter:
(p.1) Before the Beginning
Source:
Architects
Author(s):

Thomas Yarrow

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501738494.003.0001

These sections introduce the structure and approach of the book. The ethnographic orientation is described as a commitment to explore the everyday practice of architecture, as architects experience and understand this. The descriptive orientation and aspiration is explained. The conceptual inspirations are outlined as a novel conjunction: of practice-based approaches to architecture, design and creativity; and those involving a more humanist imperative to 'humanise the expert'.

Keywords:   Ethnography, Description, Creativity, Expertise, Practice

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