phd in process:
challenging research methodology
The first half of XXI century will certainly be remembered in history as the age in which culture and lifestyle on one side and digitalization on the other have significantly altered the balance between global socio-economic demands and local cultural-historical values of a place. Rational, universally accepted approach to space has been replaced by ecological, behavioral, socio-sensitive and others emphasizing the phenomenological approach towards space. Inter-, multi- and cross-disciplinarity become a range of values in the research, so the classical research approaches determined by methodologies rooted in the doctrine of XX century are brought into question.
As the disciplines of architecture and urbanism primarily examine possibilities and potentials of the future and forthcoming, always projecting upcoming time and space, it is not surprising that the third education level in the field of architecture and urbanism (PhD / Doctoral studies) puts the research and seek for possible pathways, tools and methods into the center of a curriculum. Therefore, it is in front of us a series PHD IN PROCESS which hope to present inside and outside of the research considered under PhD studies, bringing together a forum engaged with multiple paradigms, debates and various inquiries.
The first issue of the series Challenging Research Methodology strives to present intentions and aspirations towards new challenges that the disciplines of architecture and urbanism put before while searching for new ways to reveal those in the context of contemporary society and space. It is intended to provide even a partial overview of the research methodologies and questions asked within the broad research field such as architecture.
ATMOSPHERIC DIMENSIONS OF ARCHITECTURE
Gențiana Cristina Dumitrașcu