Research Topics

LABESPAÇO addresses three main research questions:

  • How space becomes practicable?
  • How space interacts with social organizations that host?
  • How to evaluate the performance of built spaces in use and convert the data into useful information for architectural field of knowledge?

The research questions focus on the foundation of physical form, I.e. the built space morphology (at urban and building scale ), its performance and differences, giving evidence to the phenomena of architectural space, ie on how space is recognized and appropriated by users.

The aim is to study the physical form and, through its description and analysis, to interpret the logic of its organization and composition, to identify their structural properties and assess their functional capabilities.

Functional capabilities refers to the spatial conditions that allow a given physical form to carry out the "program" that supports, as well as to fulfill with the socio-cultural milieu and the demands and expectations of those who use it. The term "program" means the way a social organization is established and is represented in space.

It is a field of research supported in the areas of architectural and social morphology looking for establishing relations between them.

To study the relationship between physical and social form is to admit, as initial working hypothesis that the architecture and social organizations interact at both the symbolic and physical level. It means to admit that the space not only carries the symbolic role of social representation, as it constitutes an instrument for the realization of the social function, which is its primary objective. The architectural space thus is used as a physical speech, and as such, is a translator of the society.

To study the relationship between physical and social form also implies the support of a theoretical framework, as well as methodological procedures for their evaluation. These procedures should also guide the definition of the analytical variables and the selection of social and physical attributes to be related.

The main thesis is that if a relationship exists between social and spatial attributes, this is not revealed or explained only through the visible order, i.e. the apparent or symbolic features or the function performed, but it is subjacent on the spatial structure of physical form.