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The term community architecture may be a little hard to define or have

varying definitions, one reason due to its close association or similarity with other

practices of architecture like community planning, community development, etc.

Some experts site Community Architecture as a movement, as it is in the U.K.

Generally, Community Architecture aims to involve the community members in the

execution of projects to increase or ensure success of each endeavour and avoid

the same disastrous outcomes of the urban developments and solutions made by

experts before without the consent and the neglect of the end users. It is what they

saw as the solution to the past failures basically due to the fact that the people

themselves are more familiar with what they really need and want in their

environment and community, and with their participation, acceptance of the end

products is certain and the people are given a sense of pride and confidence in the

end products.

Community architecture, in a sense, opposes the urban developments that

generally neglect the citizens in the community where it is particularly being done.

Similar situations are projected even in films. This is proof of how the practice and

concept of community architecture is gaining acceptance in both sides of the party.

In the U.K., community architecture „movement‟ have gained easier

acceptance due to the support of his Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. This

situation shows how political back-up had been useful and how needed it is in the

advancement of the practice/movement. In the U.S., some of the efforts for the

advancement of community architecture had been unsuccessful and fruitless due to

lack of funding and support from the government as well as from the people. In the

end, it can therefore be concluded that the success of the community architecture

will greatly depend upon the support and commitment of the people, the

government, and the professionals.


Charles Knevitt and Nick Wates: Community Architecture: How People are Creating

Their Own Environment (1987)

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