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INTRODUCTION

It’s a fascinating phenomenon of the architectural discipline, that buildings produce meaning that goes far beyond the aspects that were considered in their creation. As a man-made product and object that is inserted into the context of the human habitat, architecture changes the perception of our surroundings. In doing so it touches a multitude of dimensions simultaneously: it organizes our community, conditions our perception, conveys beliefs, embodies knowledge and more. To meet the complexity in the perception of architecture, we need an approach that incorporates many views and perspectives.

Primarily through the advances in the empirical research in perception and knowledge in recent years, perception of architecture has moved back into the focus of attention. Across various disciplines interest is growing in a closer examination of the processes of signification, which are influenced by the design on the one hand and the reception of living spaces on the other. This workshop is dedicated to address these issues on a broad basis. It is bringing together a group of researchers and practitioners with a common interest but diverse views on architecture. The interdisciplinary European synergy is the innovative potential of the project. In addition to architecture, the different competencies in literature, phenomenology, art and psychology offer a wide range of relevant knowledge. Above all, philosophy provides the necessary methodology for a systematic exploration of aesthetic and epistemological insights, which are regarded as fundamental to the issue of signification in architecture. Through deep and systematic reflection, the workshop aims to develop new levels of consideration and evaluation for the impact of architecture on the living space, which have a constructive effect on future space production and reception.