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imagining ; architecture and the standards

This one-week experimentation investigates the question of imagination and interpretation in systems of representation.

29 participants were asked to answer a few questions about an abstract drawing I made. The point was to understand how do they figure out the drawn space and its functions. From their answers, I sketched the described area, my interpretation of their interpretation.

Often, architectural drawings are very clear about the functions of each space. Tables and chairs are present, leaving no doubt.
The question is not what are you gonna do in this square but which color will be the carpet. This makes sense: urbanists are selling a product, so it has to be efficient. There is no space for imagination, and creativity disappears. But then, if things are to define, how can you learn your own way to construe the world?

Answer get organized into 5 booklets, according to what participants were up to do in the space :
x alterations
o observations
= explorations
^ science-fictions
□ freudian anal states

; question

1. What do you think this space is?
2. Where do you think it might be?
3. How big is it?
4. What would you do there?
5. Where would you put your chair if you had
to sit in it?

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