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  • (A)Rchitecture at the Hardware Store

    Cathy Smith

    Chapter from the book: Architecture Schools in Australasia, A. 2007. Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia.


    In this paper, I explore do-it-yourself approaches in installation art and building projects. Although DIY products and systems were developed to help non- professionals, they can also enable professionals to experiment with different methods of creating buildings and spaces. DIY approaches allow people to change spaces while they occupy them, because do not require specialized construction tools, knowledge and insurance. This has practical implications for design and its practice. I show how DIY approaches create evolving, germinant spaces by looking at examples of site-specific

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    Smith, C. 2007. (A)Rchitecture at the Hardware Store. In: Architecture Schools in Australasia, A (ed.), Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia. Sydney: UTS ePRESS. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5130/aab.a

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    Published on Sept. 27, 2007


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