The play's the thing

Matthews, Geoff (2008) The play's the thing. In: Senory Urbanism, 8-9 January 2008, Strathclyde University.


Item Type:Conference or Workshop contribution (Paper)
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For very understandable reasons phenomenological approaches predominate in the field of sensory urbanism. This paper does not seek to add to that particular discourse. Rather it takes Rorty’s postmodernized Pragmatism as its starting point and develops a position on the role of multi-modal design representation in the design process as a means of admitting many voices and managing multidisciplinary collaboration.

This paper will interrogate some of the concepts underpinning the Sensory Urbanism project to help define the scope of interest in multi-modal representations. It will then explore a range of techniques and approaches developed by artists and designers during the past fifty years or so and comment on how they might inform the question of multi-modal representation. In conclusion I will argue that we should develop a heterogeneous tool kit that adopts, adapts and re-invents existing methods because this will better serve our purposes during the exploratory phase(s) of any design project that deals with complexity.

Additional Information:Conference associated with the AHRC/EPSRC ‘Designing for the 21st Century’ research project Multimodal Representation of Urban Space
Keywords:Drawing techniques, multi-sensory communication, urban design, semiotics, Pragmatism
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K421 Urban Planning
W Creative Arts and Design > W213 Visual Communication
W Creative Arts and Design > W110 Drawing
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:8287
Deposited On:21 Mar 2013 22:07

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