Judgment in architectural competitions as communicative deliberative practice

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Al-Qaysi, Nagham, Piroozfar, Amir, Southall, Ryan and Farr, Eric R.P. (2016) Judgment in architectural competitions as communicative deliberative practice In: Proceedings of the ICC 2016: 6th International Competitions Conference: The Competition Mesh, 27-29 October 2016, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK.

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Abstract

The judgment process in architectural competitions has long been considered as one of the most complex and controversial practices. This, on one hand, is because of architecture itself and the multi-faceted nature of the architectural design, and on the other, for the complexion of the judgment process and the diversity of stakeholders involved in the decision process. Framing the judgment process as a democratic practice, this paper aims to explore the nature of the judgment process in architectural competitions, utilizing deliberative democracy as a frame of reference, through comparative critical analysis approach to the existing body of knowledge. The communicative action theory is used as a model by which negotiations or communications leading to the decision in judgment process of an architectural competition can be integrated in the process and understood from a new angle. Laying foundation for future research, this paper argues that, in order to reach a rational mutual decision, dialogic and instrumental deliberation are both essential to a successful judgment process in architectural competitions. In addition, conducting an effective communication between all the stakeholders involved in the decision process to promote transparency, is vital to reach a common understanding that allows for sharing a common ground to reach consensus.

Item Type: Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain ( Full Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Architectural competitions; judgement; communicative action; deliberative democracy
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2017 03:01
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2017 09:41
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/16336

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