We’re back with some really interesting new posts. Make sure you won’t miss it!

New address

As you may know we’ve been exploring possibilities for producing a better built environment – an environment that will enhance the quality of life instead of damaging it – for almost a year now and we’d like to keep sharing our findings with you. To that end, we’re trying to make our blog as easy to find and accessible as possible to increase the reach of Experiencing Architecture and our message. One of the steps we’ve taken to achieve this is our new address: experiencingarchitecture.com. So please update your bookmarks and spread the word!

Coming soon

As it has been a while since we’ve posted anything new, we’d like to inform you of some upcoming new posts.

The Importance of Digging in

Next week we’ll have a guest post by Fiona de Vos, Ph.D. Fiona is an environmental psychologist and writes about the importance of Environmental Psychology for architects and other stakeholders involved in the planning, design and building process.

A small preview:

Architects, designers, and organizations such as airports, hospitals, offices, schools, train stations, and daycare centers often claim to create environments that promote well-being of their users. However, they rarely investigate deeply into the needs of their users in order to fully understand how the environment may impact them.

Environmental Psychology studies the interplay between humans and the built and natural environment and aims to bridge the gaps between designers, clients and the end-users of an environment. This interdisciplinary field analyzes and reveals important design-behavior relationships that we should take into consideration when designing hospitals, schools, daycare settings, airports, stations, offices, parks, cities etc. Understanding how the built environment influences our behavior and our well-being is particularly important when end-users do not have a direct say in the design-process.

Scale and proportion

After that we’ll post a new part in our Architectural means series about Scale and proportion:

People have an affinity for (a certain level of) order, but what kind of order does not really matter.

The golden section, for example, is just one of the orders that can be used in architecture.

The role of the architect

This will be followed by a post on the role of the architect: How would you describe the thin line that defines how much we ought to listen to and follow clients/end users?

If you have any comments, questions or ideas for Experiencing Architecture – please let us know.

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