There is widespread disagreement about what quality in architecture is, and how it can be measures and achieved. Formerly grounded in values of craftsmanship - in the skilled making of things - 'quality' is now associated with the management of administrative or technical processes. Whereas its appreciation was once based in the exercise of individual judgement and taste, increasingly it is founded on supposedly objective systems of evaluation.
Practitioners of design are under pressure to quantify quality, but it is questionable whether it is possible or even desirable to do so. This important and highly topical issue lies at the heart of this edited volume which grew out of the 'Quality' conference held at the Welsh School of Architecture in July 2007. The book considers how, in architectural and cultural practices, 'quality' is defined, evaluated, managed, and constructed. It is organised around issues of appreciation, production, belief and measure. Quality out of Control includes contributions from some of today's leading architectural commentators including Catherine Belsey, Adam Caruso, David Leatherbarrow, Sunand Prasad, Marc Treib and Richard Weston.
The book's contents are as follows:
Allison Dutoit, Juliet Odgers and Adam Sharr