I promised you an update concerning the goal for my future research: the Handbook.
(October 2011) This book is now under writing: "Making Matters Matter to Man". My research has opened a number of new 'doors' through which I have entered and found more knowledge and experience to add to the conclusions I have continouosly made since I finished my thesis. The book will be truly multi-disciplinary and also include conversations on relevant themes, involving professionals and researchers from a number of different fields. The issue of man and matters, belonging and belongings will also be informed by anthropological insights. My intention is to invite everybody contributing to the book to eventually be part of a community, which with time will include several professionals sharing the same visions and urge to build knowledge and thus create instruments which allows the visions to be realised.
(March 2010) I am currently refining the thinking behind a 'Human and Cultural Platform', a guide to be used in early planning stages of design as well as architectural projects to (one) map the current situation and (two) allocate the right improvements/development in the right places to create not merely a new but a better 'map'. The platform is inspired by Heidegger's notion of dwelling, which I refer to as the creation of meaning of living and being. Meaning is created by regard to authenticity [which here includes culture]: association, recognition, understanding and expectation. Not only do we live in a built and planned enviroment, we are also surrounded by objects. If these variables do not function together with each other and with the humans depending on them, there exists no condition for dwelling.
In this context I am currently exploring the writings of the Finnish architect Juhani Pallasamaa: 'The Eyes of the Skin' and 'The Thinking Hand'. His arguments against the unequal treatment of the senses in design and architecture are important: we have five senses which all function together, but design and architecture have long been focusing merely the eye. Only when all the senses are considered and as a result touched, will an artefact have a chance of a long life.
Furthermore, his notion of 'Mental Ecology' is worth taking into consideration as an interesting complement to my own notion of 'Affective Sustainability'.