A Guide to a Built Environment focused on Concerns of the User

We think a different approach to architecture and urbanism is needed. Architects seem to have lost their way – they focus too much on appearance, fame and glory. The problems in urbanism are more complex, but in general there is not enough attention to the need for well designed public spaces. We need to find our way back to architecture and urbanism that is dedicated to the people that have to live in it.

“Being aware of the basis concerns of people and all the different architectural means can help architects during their design process to produce architecture attuned to the concerns of the users.”

In this blog we want to explore possibilities for producing a better built environment – an environment that will enhance the quality of life instead of damaging it. You can get a good impression of our ideas by reading this first: How to design atmospheres attuned to the concerns of the user.

Experiencing Architecture is founded by Paul de Vries, MSc. and Simon Droog, MSc.



Both Paul de Vries and Simon Droog graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology in 2008. In the experimental graduation studio Explorelab they completed their master thesis on Emotion in architecture. Paul designed a housing project for families in the centre of Rotterdam and Simon designed a yoga centre in the city centre of Delft. These designs are the result of a new experimental design process developed in their thesis. Fascinated by the experience of architecture and human interaction with the environment has recently led them to the field of environmental psychology. To keep improving the design process, they have taken a course in environmental psychology at the University of Amsterdam in 2010.

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