The physical environment of the home district is an essential part of residents' living conditions. The design and layout have different meanings for various categories, users, planners and architects. The aim of the research project, which is described in this paper, is to explore the architecture of a new suburb in the vicinity of Stockholm and to understand what it means to the residents. The main question concerns how different age groups among the residents experience and interpret the architecture and design of the built environment and how this is related to their development as individuals. The theoretical concepts used in the study are discussed, i.e., the interactional perspective in terms of meaning, aesthetic experiencing and human development. The methods employed in the study are qualitative interviews, observations and walking tours with the residents. The results show that the design of the built environment is an essential part of the inner dialogue that the respondents uphold concerning their identities as individuals, their futures and their life-stories, and their feelings of belongingness and estrangement.