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Assessing Qatar University’s campus outdoor spaces : design intentions versus users’ reactions

Salama, Ashraf M (2012) Assessing Qatar University’s campus outdoor spaces : design intentions versus users’ reactions. In: Enhancing Building Performance. John Wiley and Sons, New York, pp. 139-150. ISBN 978-0-470-65759-1

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Abstract

Architects develop statements that clarify their design intentions and the imperatives by which they pursue their design tasks in order to explain their work to others. In many cases however, these statements fail to reflect or address a major component—that is people or users. They are written while the project is being designed, in order to highlight the merits of the design and illustrating the skills of the designer or the design team as manifested in the built form. Architects’ statements emphasize their complete awareness of cultural, environmental, and economic constraints, but users tend to be ignored most of the time. When users are addressed, the norm is that they are mentioned in a superficial manner. This chapter examines Qatar University’s campus in terms of what the planning and design intentions are as stated by its architect compared to how users comprehend the campus and actually use it.