He has committed himself to investigate the more permanent principles of architecture, city and landscape. These have in turn become the input for his teaching, conferences and publications all over Europe and Overseas. His book "Elements of Architecture - From Form to Place" has become a reading classic in many universities throughout the world. Translations into Arabic, Polish and Catalan are under way. Since the ies he has created and managed a laboratory for full scale simulation of architectural space. Its didactic efficiency consisted in "self-teaching" of basic design principles for composing architectural space and light; its research benifit reached from environmental psychology to case-specific ergonomics.
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Meiss, , pp. Private identity. The signs are recognizable by the initiated. Public identity. The signs are clear, redundant and popularized. Important is for the architect to discover the principal means by which this communication of identity can be ensured. Von Meiss gives three possible strategies to create architecture that reflects the identity of an initiated group A.
A deep understanding of the essential characteristics of the architectural elements which are crucial to the identity of the group. Make the future users participate in the design of places. To create architecture that reflects an identity to the public B. These signs of identity are unique and widely known or they belong to a typology deep rooted in the collective memory of the group. I think the typologies which are deeply rooted in the collective memory can also be called monumental.
In reality design processes often imply both a contribution to public identity and a space for private identity. This is a challenge for the architect. How to treat this double aspect of identity. Von Meiss addresses here the lack of private identity in mass-housing. Remarkable is one of the possibilities that Von Meiss mentions: houses should not immediately suggest a precise use.
Disadvantages can sometimes provoke ingenious solutions by the owners. These conflicting situations gives the occupant the possibility to transform them into advantages so he can imprint his identity. Von Meiss suggests the architect not to create something quite complete. Meiss, P. Rapoport, A. Identity and Environment: a cross-cultural perspective in J. London: Croom-Helm. Posted by.
De la forme au lieu. Une introduction à l'étude de l'architecture