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Title: The structure of design knowledge
Author: Kaddache, Mourad
ISNI:       0000 0001 3593 7635
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1986
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In the face of the perceived bareness of the theoretical reflection in current architectural thinking, this study set out to re- affirm the function of critical analysis (which, it is claimed, must by necessity be historical) as the major source of theoretical production in architecture. For criticism to be able to perform this function, one basic condition has to be fulfilled, namely that a distance be re- established between critical language and design language. Only then can critical analysis serve as a technique for the unveiling of the mechanisms of nostalgia operating in architectural discourses. For that general objective to be achieved, a two-fold task had to be performed. On the one hand, the deconstruction of the dominant discourses in architecture which would reveal the ideological substance of its explicit claims. The aim of such a deconstruction was to demonstrate that the manifest discourse in architecture is not the expression of its "natural" preoccupations, but more fundamentally, the result of a previous construction, an ideological framework which orders and regulates the production of knowledge. On the other hand, it was necessary to formulate an alternative method of critical analysis which would look at the theoretical production in design, not from within its ideological framework which would simply confirm its claims by accepting the forms of disputation that the latter imposes, but from the outside. In :this way, the immediate contents of discourse do not constitute the finality of analysis; they simply constitute the key to the passage that leads to the general framework of thought production which, it is claimed, is the real regulator of intellectual work as it exists within specific social conditions.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Architectural design