June 2017


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 55 September 2016

Theory of architecture

Kiyanenko Konstantin V.

Doctor of Architecture,
Professor, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning
Vologda State University
Vologda, Russia, e-mail: design@mh.vstu.edu.ru


The environment is inhabited architecture. Whereas the latter may be productively studied and evaluated, especially before use, by means of professional (and, often, compositional) tools and criteria, the former may be investigated only through perception, sensations, and impressions of the residents, users, and owners. Such attitude arose in international architectural knowledge and mindset in the 1960s. Since then, the theory and practice of «post-occupancy evaluation» (POE) has been developing as analysis of architectural results with the reference to the judgment of end users. In the 1970–1980s, a similar approach was used in the USSR in sociological surveys of mass design products and industrial construction of housing, schools, clubs, etc. However, the ample and continually evolving POE practice in the world was and still is terra incognita for the absolute majority of Russian architects and pedagogues and students of architectural schools. The author aims to fill this gap by studying and describing the emergence and evolution of the concept, types and place in environment design, and the methodological toolkit and prospects for further use of POE.

Key words: post-occupancy evaluation, building performance evaluation, behavior and environment studies


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