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Buildings 2017, 7(2), 38; doi:10.3390/buildings7020038

Multi-Criteria Analysis in Compound Decision Processes: The AHP and the Architectural Competition for the Chamber of Deputies in Rome (Italy)

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Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Architecture and Design, Via Flaminia 359, 00196 Rome, Italy
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Polytechnic University of Bari, Department of Civil Engineering Sciences and Architecture, Via Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy
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Academic Editors: Pierfrancesco De Paola, Vincenzo Del Giudice and David Arditi
Received: 8 March 2017 / Revised: 29 April 2017 / Accepted: 3 May 2017 / Published: 8 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Real Estate Economics, Management and Investments)
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Abstract

In 1967, a national architectural competition was released for a preliminary project proposal, aimed at the realization of the new building for the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. The outcomes of that competition were unusual: eighteen projects were declared joint winners, and no winner was consequently selected. With reference to that event, this research aims to examine the usefulness of the evaluation tools that are currently employed and the positive effects that one of these techniques would have had, as support for the identification of the “winner” project, are highlighted. Therefore, an hypothetical examination/adjustment of the decision process of that competition through the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) is developed, analyzing the outputs obtained by the implementations of this technique on the final decision. In addition to confirming the usefulness of the evaluation tools for compound and conflicting decision processes, the results of this experiment led to a further understanding of the socio-cultural dynamics related to the original outcomes of the competition analyzed. View Full-Text
Keywords: architectural competition; selection of the winner project; multi-criteria evaluation; AHP; compound decision process architectural competition; selection of the winner project; multi-criteria evaluation; AHP; compound decision process
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Guarini, M.R.; D’Addabbo, N.; Morano, P.; Tajani, F. Multi-Criteria Analysis in Compound Decision Processes: The AHP and the Architectural Competition for the Chamber of Deputies in Rome (Italy). Buildings 2017, 7, 38.

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