Trigger of the research has been the interest in the human factor in the design progress. To which level is the occupant being taken into account during the design process by the architect or the client of the architectural project?
Architecture has been the official shaper of the build environment, in which a person is invited to fulfill his biological and social needs. Since the environment affects the degree of satisfaction of these needs, it is a right for the users to influence, in turn, the environment, so as to meet the best possible lifestyle.
The standard architectural design and productive process, tends to withhold this important factor, the user, and to be guided by the requirements of the market, excluding thus the biggest part of the society from the architectural production. This leads to a one-sided production from the part of the established professionals, the architects.
This subsequently raises the conclusion that amongst the roles of the architect is to create the necessary connection of architecture and society. To allow the user to configure the built environment, in which he will live, to inspire him and to shape the appropriate conditions.
Aim of this thesis is the way in which the user’s participation could be challenged and encouraged, both from the formal and informal practices, bypassing the established procedures and serve the buildings and public spaces new meanings and values, depending on the current needs and desires.