Making Research-Researching Making location:Aarhus date:10-12 September 2015
As an architect, I am interested in how our perception and experience of the environment is formed. How do we make sense of our surroundings and which conceptions lie at the base of this understanding? In my investigation, I am looking at the relation between the cognitive models we use to conceptualise reality and the formal models we use to conceptualise architecture. My concern is that these models are often the same. As designers we frequently mimic these models when conceptualising architecture. But by translating these abstract models into formal prototypes and typologies, we dismiss a considerable amount of qualitative differences in experiences. I believe that this might lead to an “experiential erosion” or a diminution of experiential qualities. This concern forms the motivation to look for models for conceptualising architecture that go beyond the known and accepted models we spontaneously rely on and to focus on the intense and experiential aspects of architecture. By implementing design tactics that disrupt the internal logic of these models in the design project, experiential erosion can be counteracted. These design tactics are in line with for instance Victor Shklovsky’s (1991) principle of retardation and estrangement, Anthony Dunne’s (2005) notion of para-functionality and the critical artifacts of Simon Bowen (2009). The research wants to contribute to this type of design approaches by developing a glossary of disruptive design tactics for conceptualising architecture that counteracts experiential erosion.