For the February issue of Gulf Times, our founder Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes explores how architecture can engage users in collaborative processes.
As Alfred Whitehead said once, “The misconception is the notion of ‘independent existence’. There is no such mode of existence; every entity is to be understood in terms of the way it is interwoven with the rest of the universe.” In line with Alfred Whitehead’s Modernist philosophy, Hughes points out fragmentation as the root of many challenges we face in modern societies and suggests ‘Architecting Interactions’ as a method to reconnect these fragmented pieces to aim for a collaborative design process.
In fact, Hughes suggests that this collaboration should start with the architect. In order to design spaces for interaction, it is important to acknowledge users as experts and actively include them in the design process. By collaborating with the users from the beginning, we can deliver spaces that foster interactions.
To learn more about how to engage users in collaborative processes, take a look at Hughes’ article here or below.
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