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"Structuralist’s space as a field of education" Christodoulos Zafiriadis - Nikos Kanellos

Architecture, like every human activity, stems from a wide range of social and historical perspectives. In this way, it comprises and reflects the arrangement of the productive and economical relations, the values and the perceptions concerning the way of living of the different social groups, the prevailing techniques and technologies. Moreover, it indicates ways of action and behavior. 

Thus, the built environment, in association with the individual and the social groups, stands as a significant source of knowledge .and planning is involved in a way of an informal but rather effective social instruction.

Furthermore, the development of the departments of psychology and the systematic research on the mechanisms of perception funded the scope to understand the way in which the surroundings, both physical and social, help man to determine his self-identity through active experience. According to Piaget’s theory of cognitive and sentimental development, the arrangements and dimensions of material space determine the primary elements of reference and coordination of physical and mental activity.

The research on a specific example of school architecture – the Apollo schools by Herman Herztberger – aims in revising structural architecture in terms of structuralism, a particular epistemological method to examine physical and human science.

Generally, the notion of structure sums up the process of dealing with constructional issues and the forming of localities - as the base of architectural management – as well as the process of one’s mental shaping through gathering and organizing knowledge – as the base of the educational challenge.