Posted by Harry Pasternak on September 16, 2003 at 19:47:45:
In Reply to: Re: theories in architecture posted by aaron on September 16, 2003 at 10:42:18:
A theory is just that - someone's notion of what might be true. Instead it makes more sense to build with proven concepts. Yes I am talking about the psychology/sociology of space inside and outside a building. A building is designed for people - so in order to do a functional building - any designer needs to have a good grounding on how people use space. It's impossible to produce a functional design without the scientific knowledge - you know grade 9 science class where you went through what is science versus what is crap -the scientific method.
Again a simple situation is designing a park bench for 3 people when research shows that only 2 unrelated people will likely sit on the bench. Why don't designers have that knowledge? Why don't they know not to use benches at all and instead use single seaters (or 2 seaters for lovers). And where do architects place benches? Usually at the curb - a foot away from the road - so that people are supposed to love to sit a foot away from passing buses inhaling the fumes.
If architects read the research - they would understand that people love to sit at the EDGE - the "EDGE PHENOMENON". The edge is where buildings meet public open space. People need to sit at the edge - or they don't bother sitting at all - unless they are exhausted. But that's not the real need for seating in public open spaces - it is all about STAYING.
I doubt if more than one in a hundred architects even understand what I am talking about which is why their designs SUCK.
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