Space Suitability and the Design Process

Space Suitability and the Design Process – a research on remote architectural practice and local identities
Remote practices are of a peculiar importance for designers today. In this context the status of the architect as a community specialist is not evident and the validity of architectural interventions, planned and developed from a distance must be studied. An important question emerges: how can a remote intervention enhance the local identity of a place? Nowadays, most discourses on local identity are dominated by strategies of control and monitoring. However, these strategies have shown their limits. In parallel,  the awareness of the importance to foster unexpected uses in architectural project emerges as part of a desire to maintain and reinforce local identities. Researches on action theory have shown that unexpected uses are linked to how people engage in expected and shared structures of references. An intelligent arrangement of these shared structures – here called space suitability – creates a fertile ground for spontaneous uses as part of local identities. This research focus on space suitability in remote practices.

PhD project, Johan Nielsen (prom. prof. Yves Schoonjans, co-prom. prof. Kris Scheerlinck)