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Subject–space: what does the subjective relation with a singular space reveal about ourselves, our identity, and our “I”, and how does the subjective enrichment of the designing spaces improve our sense of self

Arts & Humanities Open Access Journal
Luís Filipe Salgado Pereira Rodrigues 


In our relationship with the external world, whether it is the objects, the spaces, the buildings, or the people, we have to be aware of the advantage of understanding the importance of subjective reality. We highlight not removing the objective attitude but giving space to the subjective experience. The objective experience must exist with the complementary subjective experience, and the rationality must be complemented with the irrationality because our nature has both. So, we attempt to clarify the necessity of creating architecture that allows people to have a subjective experience. This statement is not only about the feeling but also about the identity, the “I”, and the self. Identity always influences our thoughts, behaviours, aptitudes, and our (lack) feelings. What may change and condition our identity’s endeavour is our “I” the source of will, worries, fears, bravery, search for happiness, love, hate, and revenge. The self is all the qualities of the “I”, adding the selfawareness and the consciousness of the human being’s nature. In these terms, it is essential to develop a reflection (an introspection) about our relationship with the external world and, with a special tone, with all sorts of spaces to have a more profound conscience about what we are since we can do what we like, instead of living anywhere without any sense of criticism or any criteria as all around us have to be as it is, without possibility to change, or simply without knowing that it needs or have to be changed.


space, I, identity, self, subjectivity, consciousness