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2004 - Volume 45 > Numéro 2

ISSN 0035-2969

Constraint and freedom in architectural design work
Dominique RAYNAUD

pp. 339-366

 

This article attempts to clarify the concepts of freedom and constraint through a study of architectural design work, an activity that its practitioners represent as a constraining space, though they in fact manage to find new solutions within it. The study aims at both factual and theoretical results : factual in that the difficulties of exercising this profession seem to be due less to constraints than the excessive degree of responsibility and near impracticability of the studies they induce ; theoretical because certain facts suggest that a fundamental revision of the negative relation generally understood to obtain between freedom and constraint is in order. Two examples of such facts : prohibitions are not as constraining as prescriptions, and certain « absorption » strategies can open a path to freedom while following a given constraint « to the letter ».

 

 

 
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