We all retain memories of places. They simultaneously help to
identify who we are as individuals and tie us to networks of
people, culture, and society. Certain places reach into the past,
reflecting lives and experiences as real as our own while also
pointing to future lives and circumstances we can only imagine.
As a designer, Frances Downing has searched for ways to express
or explain why images of place were meaningful to her work. The
connections are interwoven and complex. Subconsciously, designers
often transcend personal experiences by using them to imagine other
people and places, to discover something new and surprising, and to
deepen concepts. In this book, Downing suggests a method to
regularize the memory of personal experience and translate the
memories of past and existing places to the design of new ones.
Through her investigation of the act of remembering, Downing has
discovered three different acts of "expression": naming remembered
places, contemplating their meaning, and putting them in meaningful
categories. Through a combination of emotional response to a place
and the reasoning that categorization requires, designers can work
to understand the significance of a particular place -- both its
objective characteristics and its emotionally charged constructs,
which are the most difficult to clarify and express.
To aid designers in following the steps she has identified,
Downing introduces the game of "Spatial Solitaire", in which a
person can use a memorable image of past place in a limited design
situation, and she includes as examples a number of the completed
drawings and descriptions that have resulted from designers'
Downing also discussessignificant forms of experiences and how
they relate to architectural practice, the content of metaphors of
experience, intentional frameworks for the transfer of meaning, and
case studies and theories of imagination and innovation.
Remembrance and the Design of Place provides designers a greater
understanding of their own meaningful acts of design, allowing the
passage between past places and future places to be mapped
carefully and debated openly.
Texas A & M University Press
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||Sara & John Lindsey Series in the Arts & Humanities
||241 x 178mm (L x W)
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