Introduction: If a child would have to conceive his space where he is living, playing, loving... would he do it like an adult? Would he do it like an architect? ...As an architect, as a teacher and, not at least, as a mother I’m looking for these answers.

This thesis will be a . First of all, a study about , about sensibilities and metaphors children are expressing when “living” architecture and built spaces. On the other hand, a study about pragmatism, about of identified children’ spatial perceptions and representations.

Focusing in areas regarding built environments, homes, kindergartens and schools, special places designed and imagined by and for children, the research will cross and interfere different theoretical fields, starting with architectural theory, behavioural and child psychology, environmental psychology, reaching even some aspects of educational science.

Being a member of a research team studying the general subject of “Architecture and children”, as a part of research department in Architecture Faculty, “Politehnica University of Timisoara”, I will have the opportunity of composing a general picture upon the above- mentioned subject. My personal research thesis will consist in an analytical part, focused upon state of the art in the area and upon evaluating a large number of children and adults as well (to make possible the comparison) in several issues regarding the space, built environments and the impact it have upon them. The procedures will vary, depending on the evaluated subjects, considering observation, questionnaire, direct analysis, interrogation and, whenever (and hopefully) possible, the spatial experiment. By applying the research methods, it will result a valuable data which should be processed into an analytical and synthetic approach, being assisted in this stage by a qualified sociological member of the research team.

The research is approaching this study through an inductive method, from individual utterances to general ones, and through a deductive method, functioning backwards. This approaching technique is functioning as a double control mechanism, being choose taking account of children subjectivity in providing information.

One of the main objectives of the research is detecting the evaluation principles, the transactions children carry while negotiating with space determinants, and, not at least, detecting the principles they rely on during the process of and .

Investigations regarding children’s way of perceiving spaces are more than relevant. First of all because we can answer to several important questions about the mutual role of spaces in children's life. Secondly, because this investigation can serve as an instrument of measuring and adjusting spaces’ qualities, as they are being seen through children’s lens. Actually we can quantify the contribution of a space to children’s physical, cognitive and behavior development.

The collected data will encompass a comprehensive picture of the subject and the obtained results will be an important instrument of adjusting spaces addressed to children, with possible implications in the and every- day . Also, based on the obtained results, it can also make important contributions in the field of environmental psychology, behavioural and child psychology and educational sciences, whenever these domains interfere with space perceiving.