Architecture is a Social Act

Architecture is a Social Act

Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Foreword by Lorcan O'Herlihy

Introduction by Anderton Frances

by Goldin Greg and Finnerty-Pyne Sinéad

Published by: Frame Publishers

272 Pages, 8.00 x 10.50 in, Color photographs throughout

  • Paperback
  • 9789492311450
  • Published: February 2021


Good architecture is no longer about simply designing buildings, but about meeting head-on the forces that are shaping today’s world. Architecture is a Social Act addresses how the discipline can be used as a tool to engage in politics, economics, aesthetics, and smart growth by promoting social equity, human interaction, and cultural evolution. This book features 28 projects drawn from across LOHA’s nearly 30-year history, a selection that underscores the direct connection between the development of consciously designed buildings and wider efforts to tackle issues that are relevant in a rapidly changing world. LOHA’s projects are small, medium, large, and extra-large, from tiny Santa Monica storefronts to vast urban plans in Detroit, Michigan, and Raleigh, North Carolina. Each case study is evidence of LOHA’s mastery of scale, form, light, and space that gives people a true sense of place and belonging. Architecture is a Social Act points the way ahead for both people and architecture.