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Architectural Generosity: A Preliminary Attempt at a Qualitative Definition

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)260-270
JournalSpace and Culture
Journal publication date1 Aug 2017
Early online date8 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017


Although in several forms and in different terms, the notion of generosity in architecture has recently received increased attention in contemporary debates, definitions of generosity and its cognates remain sparse and perfunctory, and their connotations generally unclear and in most cases subjective, hinged in the emotional sphere and thus resistant to being measurably related to projects. Moreover, no theoretical framework of architectural generosity has to date been articulated. This article collects the various definitions of generosity, including such cognate terms as abundance, surplus, or superfluity, and deduces the patterns therein to produce a schema of the qualitative characteristics of architectural generosity. By qualitatively describing how scholars apply the notion of architectural generosity, this article provides a theoretical framework for further studies of the phenomenon.


Silvio Carta, 'Architectural Generosity: A Preliminary Attempt at a Qualitative Definition'. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Space and Culture, May 2017, DOI: Published by SAGE Publishing, All rights reserved.

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