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Can quality be managed and assured in architecture? Issues of qualification and quantification

Kite, Stephen ORCID: 2007. Can quality be managed and assured in architecture? Issues of qualification and quantification. Architectural Research Quarterly 11 (3-4) , pp. 195-197. 10.1017/S1359135500000695

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‘Quality’ has become ubiquitous in the management vocabulary of Western societies. In consequence, the word's familiar usage has grown slippery. Formerly grounded in ethical values or skilled craftsmanship, ‘quality’ is now commonly associated with the management of administrative or technical processes. Whereas the appreciation of quality was founded in the exercise of individual judgement and taste – of connoisseurship – organisations now seek to ground its assessment in supposedly objective systems of evaluation. Practitioners are under pressure to quantify quality, but it remains questionable whether it is possible or even desirable to do so. Several papers in this issue of arq derive from a conference exploring such themes around the idea of Quality, an event held at the Welsh School of Architecture in July 2007 and reviewed here.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1359-1355
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 14 May 2023 12:24

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