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Making meaning: Minds, bodies, and media in architectural education

Making meaning: Minds, bodies, and media in architectural education

Waterman, Tim (2017) Making meaning: Minds, bodies, and media in architectural education. In: Bell, David, Coleman, Nathaniel and Stock, Adam, (eds.) Imaginaries of the Future 01: Bodies and Locations. Open Library of the Humanities/Ubiquity Press, London.

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Abstract

Education is a practice of futurity. It seeks to prepare the minds and bodies that will construct and inhabit the future. Design in the architectural disciplines—the architectures—also prepares buildings (landscape, edifice, city, countryside) for future dwelling.This essay examines the use of the imagination and creativity in the design process and how it may be employed to posit better future worlds despite, and counter to, the prevalence of neoliberal imaginaries. Utopianism as both pedagogical method and design process is presented as is the employment of the senses to bring the site and its materials alive in the embodied imagination. Both are methods for envisioning scenarios for whole ecological, sensual, and emotional worlds to better design for dwelling. Processes of making are shown as interwoven with imagined stories, simulations, and situations in a series of sections. Each section attempts to describe a whole realm of making, thus they are loosely held together within the structure of the essay to allow the reader space for imagination and discovery in the terrae incognitae between.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Design, Embodiment, Simulation, Imagination, Utopian Studies
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Architecture & Landscape
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 14:30
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16813

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