EXPERIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE: Space, Perception, Function - DAKAM's Contemporary Issues in Architecture Series

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  • Call For Paper Type: BookChapter
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  • Submission Date: 2020-10-16
  • Notification Date: 2020-10-30
  • Final Version Date: 2020-11-28

Marketing Architecture Neurology Psychology Crafts, Design & Arts Communication History Cognitive Science Interdisciplinary Studies (General) Memory

The significance of the observer’s view in architectural discussions might be brought back to Baumgarten’s striking introduction of the term aesthetics in his Meditations on Poetry. It was Baumgarten’s efforts bringing together the object of thought and denominating aesthetics itself as sensible cognition. In the 19th century, supported by the developments in biology and psychology, the architectural experience took a somatosensory turn, as Wölflin’s groundbreaking thesis illustrated how architectural forms can invoke an emotion. Shortly after, the rise of Phenomenology transferred the spatial awareness into the subjects’ grasp, both in cognitive and somatosensory ways. Husserl's subject, das Ich-Zentrum, appropriated the space as the perceived space in the outside world, die Ding-welt, as a transcendental act, while Merleau-Ponty portrayed the bodily movement as the production of the ever-changing architectural space in his Phenomenology of Perception. Following the lead of architects and scholars, who put an emphasis embodied experience such as Neutra in his Survival Through Design, Steen Eiler Rasmussen in Experience of Architecture and Norberg-Schulz in Meaning in Architecture, Juhani Pallasma recently defined the atmosphere as a sixth sense as a total perception of the space in close connection with architectural design supported by cognitive neuroscientific breakthroughs. Yet, the perception and body as the founding elements of architectural space got historically little attention from the architectural practice, which rendered the individual experience mostly as irrelevant to the creative process of the design object.

On the other hand, another thought of school going back to Newton’s absolute space embraced the mechanical description of the use to fulfill the functional needs on a scientific basis. The function has been the main concept of modern architecture and as a problem solver, the architects molded the function throughout modern architectural history. Yet, it is related to human activities, movement, and perception. Additionally, the well-being and psychological states are considered part of the functional agenda, too. How the architects today define the function and integrate it into the design in relation to the user?

The books will bring the concepts of perception, memory, function, and user into the spotlight. Case studies, research and theoretical text, and multidisciplinary works about experience are welcomed.



User Experience

Function and Form Relationship

Functional Arrangements, limitations, and originality

Neuroscience and Neurophysiological Measurements

Cognitive Psychology

Emotions and Space

Perception and Senses


Body and Movement

Visual Composition: Light, Color, Texture

Case Studies

Computation and digital design

Genius Loci and New-Regionalism

Organic Architecture


Memory and Space

Design for the User/İnhabitant

Traditional Architecture

User-centred approaches in the history

Theory of Architectural Experience

The creativity of the architect and designer



Authors are invited to submit their full papers by the 16th of October. Manuscripts submitted for the book must be original, must not be previously published or currently under review anywhere. Submitted manuscripts should respect the standard guidelines of the DAKAM book chapter format. https://www.dakam.org/books-guidelines

To submit your manuscript: Submission



Full Paper Submission: 16 October 2020

Peer Review Reports & Full Paper Acceptances: 30 October 2020

Registration Deadline for Accepted Papers: 7 November 2020

Submission of Camera Ready Papers: 28 November 2020

Launch of the Book’s First Edition: 28 December 2020


DAKAM Publishing House

DAKAM is in the status of an international publishing house according to the criteria by YÖK’s (Council of Higher Education in Turkey) Associate Professor Application Processes. Since 2011 DAKAM has published many multi-authored books, such as the volumes of Death, Art, and Space, Architecture and Autonomy, Climate Change, and Cities in addition to numerous conference proceeding books and IJAUS and IJSSIS Journals.



The book will be an Open-access e-book and will reachable at DAKAM’s web site: www.dakam.org/books Upon order, we can send printed copies.

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Publication Fees

There are no submission fees for manuscripts. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. Only after the final acceptance, authors will be asked to register by paying the publication fee.

Publication Fees:

Regular Fee: 200 Euro 

Student Fee: 150 Euro

Fee for the academics working at a university in Turkey: 100 Euro


Series Editors

Yıldız Aksoy, Assoc. Prof. Dr.

Efe Duyan, Senior Lecturer Dr.