Read Between the Walls. Spatial Dimensions of the Hidden School


  • Rossina Shatarova University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy




spatial dimension, walls and spaces, environmental psychology, social phenomenology


Architecture matters. The space where education takes place matters. The spatial dimension of a school transforms an abstraction into a situated phenomenon. In doing so, the context intentionally or implicitly affects education.

The potential impact the physical environment and the implied connotations it carries on one’s experience in and of it, is best argued by common sense. Consider the following example.

A wall is a boundary marker. Its function varies: to protect, to enclose, to constrain, to separate and differentiate between spaces, to redirect and flank. Erecting a wall, however, is an intentional design gesture, affiliated to the formation of a barrier, a division, a fortification and/or isolation. Those purposeful and associative properties of a wall are translated into one’s embodied experience of a physical wall.

How to Cite

Shatarova, R. (2019). Read Between the Walls. Spatial Dimensions of the Hidden School. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 168–173.



Author Biography

Rossina Shatarova, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy

PhD student with a focus on Peripheral Phenomena in Architectural Education; Co-founded Studio Projectirane: an alternative education platform for design and architecture in Sofia; Participated in educational programs at University of Tokyo and Architectural Association London School of Architecture; Presented lectures and papers at UACEG Sofia, TU Delft, Cork Centre for Architecture Education.


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