Author Archives: Colette Taber

Speakers of "Hesitation and Constraints: Barriers to Social Research in Practice." Credit: Center for Architecture
At the Center for Architecture by • 05/17/17

Social Sciences, Good for Your Bottom Line and Society

When social science research is characterized as the antidote to contemporary life’s afflictions, architects are justifiably wary. The practitioners who shared their insights at a recent AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee argued against compartmentalizing this field of study. Rather, their aim is to make the research more ubiquitous, a more substantive part of how we understand and shape the built environment. When we improve our understanding of society, the chances that social relationships will be “linked to place,” to quote moderator Margaret Newman of Arup, are also improved. “We are addressing a ‘better architecture’ topic,” said committee co-chair Melissa Marsh; social science is intrinsically connected to design excellence. Read More