Research Question: My project is to develop a system to document space.
‘An interval of distance or time between two points, objects or events.’
http://www.collinslanguage.com/results.aspx?context=3&reversed=False&action=define&homonym=-1&text=space [Acsessed 1st June, 2011]
• My project is to develop a system to document space.
Aims and Objectives:
• Express space in an innovative and engaging way
• To use descriptive techniques when looking at space that is used daily.
• As well as documenting places that are not usually seen, allowing the viewer to envisage the unseen.
• I aim to study the boundaries of space
• I aim to construct a tangible representation of a space
• I aim to experiment with different systems in the mapping of space.
Potential Audiences that will want to have a space to be mapped:
Anybody that passes through a particular space
Anybody that likes a particular space
A user of a particular space, for example:
• Teaching staff
• Guest lecturers
• Hospital patient, or staff
• Fire service
• Library users
• Potential buyer of a place
• Potential resident of a place
• Or a potential user of a space for leisure (like a park, restaurant)
• Anybody that is simply interested in the visualisation of space
• Anybody that has an interest in such graphic design pieces
Context: Field of Study
• Interaction within space
• Functionality of a space
• I have studied texts by Georges Perec, and studied his descriptive technique of visualising a space with words
• By reading a book called Materials Structures and Standards I have been made aware of why materials are chosen in a particular space, as well as the qualities they offer.
• Through reading a lot of architectural literature I have found many symbols that exist when mapping a space
• I have looked at how people map space in interior design and exhibition design.
• Requirements for signage when put in a particular space
• Navigational systems and way finding
• Information design
• The resources I have looked at as of yet have shown me the breadth of the subject area I am proposing to work in
• I have been able to review other mapping conventions to allow me look at what things work and how I can bring about my individual out look to the project
• Participatory survey about maps and space. Questions may consist of finding out what the user believes a map is, what they believe a map should be, when they would use a map…
• Mapping space myself (tests and experiments)
I will look at existing mapping conventions and definitions within such areas:
• architectural plans and sketches
• interior design
• building plans
• theatre sets
• film sets
• virtual tours
• way finding
• Collecting maps.
This will give me an indication as to how other people describe space.
Action Plan: Methods
• I will need to continue my experimentation into different ways to map and describe spaces
• Experimentation on how I can visually map a space. Evaluating these ideas as I go along to see if they should be taken further and what changes could be made to strengthen my ideas.
• Detailed mind maps of spaces I could investigate.
• Locate interesting spaces, research and think about context of the space. Should I be aware of its users? What is the space used for?
Action Plan: Resources
• When looking at what space is, and what a map is I will need to compare different dictionary definitions. As well as philosophical outlooks on space
• I will need to continue research into how others document space
• I want to look into how other designers make use of generative systems
Action Plan: Schedule
• I will consult my peers
• I will show relevant work to people that make use of the space I have documented, and question its effectiveness
• I can conduct surveys to see if my ideas prove to be useful
• I am interested in using the form of a book to express the form of a space. The book itself may be as experimental as required when reflecting the experience of a particular space.