28 Dec 2015

Social adequacy of architectural sites

01 March, 2013 – 01 March, 2016

Author: Assoc. Prof. Arch. Veselina Penevska, PhD, Architecture Department

The project seeks to construct a methodology for analysis of the social content and evaluation of social adequacy of architectural sites. Several sub-goals will be set to achieve this main goal:
– Defining the terms ‘social content’ and ‘social adequacy’ of an architectural site for the purposes of the project;
– Working out the parameters describing the relation between individuals/social groups and the spatial environment according to the social subjects exploring this relation (proxemics, architectural psychology, sociology of cities, visual sociology, etc.);
– Analysing the existing approaches to and methods for analysis of the social content and evaluation of social adequacy of architectural sites as far as these are covered by specialised literature, academic programmes and architectural practices across the world;
– Constructing a system of parameters to describe the social content of architectural sites and giving each of the parameters criteria and evaluation scale.
These issues are relevant to both architectural science and practices and within the framework of the relevant subjects of social sciences. These issues have never been broached in specialised literature, academic programmes and designing practices here. A number of other aspects of architectural sites are also analysed: typology (the type of the site and how the site materialises it), construction (constructive system, building materials, etc.), aesthetics (style, proportions, harmony, etc.), anthropomorphism (size of the rooms, furniture and equipment), ‘greenness’ (energy efficiency, environmental friendliness), etc. Paradoxical as it may seem, there is neither methods to analyse the social content of an architectural site nor to evaluate its social adequacy. Such methods though become more and more indispensable due to the accelerated social dynamism and the growing variety of types of buildings and contexts in which architectural sites are functioning.