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Die Wirksamkeit von Architekturvermittlung evaluieren (WAVE)

Type and Duration

FFF-Förderprojekt, September 2016 until February 2018 (finished)

Coordinator

Institute of Architecture and Planning

Main Research

Sustainable Planning and Construction

Field of Research

Architectural Design Theory

Description

In recent years, numerous initiatives, which deal with architecture mediation (Architekturvermittlung), have emerged in the German speaking countries. Above all, initiatives that are dedicated to architecture mediation for children and adolescents, are well represented. Their aim is to form young people so they become competent observers and decision-makers in our future built environment.
Through a critical assessment (surveys and expert interviews) of initiatives/institutions whose target audience are children and adolescents, the research project WAVE wants to discuss and define potential methods for evaluation processes in architecture mediation.
Through collaborations and workshops among experts the following questions will be central:

  • Relevance: How big is the relevance or importance of the institution initiative in relation to the local and national agenda (eg. Building Culture)?
  • Effectiveness: In which ways are the objectives of the institution/initiative achieved? How big is the effectiveness or the efficiency of the project as compared to the set targets (comparison planning/outcome)?
  • Efficiency / Financing: What are the economic objectives of the institution/initiative? How efficiently are the resources being used (comparison: resources -outcome)?
  • Effect: In which ways do the institutions/initiatives contribute to the objectives formulated in political education policies? What is the impact or the effect of the institution/initiative in relation to the target group?

The research project intends to identify and formulate criteria for evaluation processes, which can be used by architecture mediation initiatives in order to have a quality control and secure the best possible development of their activities.

Reference to Liechtenstein

The research project WAVE will continue to actively involve primary schools in Liechtenstein through architecture workshops and projects (case-studies) in order to study the possibility of implementing architecture topics into their curricula. As part of Liechtenstein's culture, the built environment should be discussed and understood by young people from an early age on.

Keywords

Education, Architectural mediation, Evaluation, children