The Hidden Spaces of Everyday Life

Learning from the Quotidian





everyday, architectural education, place, mapping, narrative, transformation


The paper explores the notion of the ‘everyday’ in architectural education through the examination of six educational and research projects from the academic institutions of the authors in respectively Istanbul, Turkey and Aarhus, Denmark. The paper unpacks how the projects engage with topics of the everyday in various ways. A comparative analysis orders the projects according to how specifically they address particular everyday situations and to what extent they aim to transform the spaces and social interactions of the sites they engage. The analysis is contextualised through social and architectural theories of the everyday by among others Henri Lefebvre. The conclusion argues for the importance of continuous re-engagement with the everyday for architectural education.

How to Cite

Peder Pedersen, C., & Akin, N. E. (2020). The Hidden Spaces of Everyday Life: Learning from the Quotidian. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 136–151.



Author Biographies

Claus Peder Pedersen, Aarhus School of Architecture

Claus Peder Pedersen is Ass. Prof. and head of the joint PhD School of the Aarhus School of Architecture (AAA) and Design School Kolding. He has been head of research at AAA. His research focuses on architectural design methodologies and creative processes with interest in representation and digital design tools. He is active in promoting practice- and design-driven research as part of the of CA²RE network and the ADAPT-r ITN. He is educated as an architect and holds a PhD in architecture from AAA.

Naime Esra Akin, Beykent University

Naime Esra Akin is Prof. of Architecture at Beykent University. She has a PhD from Gazi University and M.Arch from Middle East Technical University. She has done research and design projects, prizes from architectural design contests, articles published in international magazines. She organised scientific exhibitions and workshops internationally. Akin’s research focuses on issues of Architectural Design, Architectural Mapping, Architectural Education, Spatial Reading and Mapping.


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