What is architecture for? designing as enriching the landscape of affordances

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Starting from the understanding of architecture as an existential art, this commentary highlights the relevance of Rietveld’s view on the affordances of art for making technologies in two ways: (a) first, by discussing the value of the notion of affordances for educating architecture students in thinking what a space can do and increasing their sensitivity for understanding and incorporating the diversity of users’ needs and abilities in design and (b) second, by outlining the implications for thinking about architectural design as a life-affirming practice, which originates in and enriches our landscape of affordances.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAdaptive Behavior
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2021


  • Architecture
  • Design
  • landscape of affordances
  • User perspectives
  • reorganizational practice

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