Design competitions are commissioned for many reasons, almost none of which have to do with design and all of which have to do with political motivations. A political agenda always presides over the important but ancillary search for new design possibilities, innovative solutions, or a compelling architectural or urban vision. Though political agendas vary quite a lot, they are lodged in the fundamental need to create or cultivate a strong constituency and garner the necessary resources to advance a desired project.
Sagalyn, Lynne. "The Political Fabric of Design Competitions." In The Politics of Design: Competitions for Public Projects, Pages 29-52. Ed. Catherine Malmberg. Princeton, NJ: Policy Research Institute for the Region, 2006.
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