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Curating Experience: Concepts for Analyzing the Future of Our Qualitative Environments

Cairns, Broc (2016) Curating Experience: Concepts for Analyzing the Future of Our Qualitative Environments. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Cairns, Broc
Abstract:

Built environments have evolved to represent much more than form and function alone. When our surroundings are designed and established according to the transformational idea of place, they have the capacity to become powerful humanistic canvases, which are integral to the development and definition of people and their well-being. However, as urbanization’s impacts intensify and continue to influence our experiential environments, the role and perception of our form’s tacit qualitative responsibilities are drastically and permanently changing. This project responds to society’s depreciating capability to recognize or evaluate the indicators of these increasing, quantitatively driven, impacts. Variables in how individuals are developing their intuitive spatial frameworks and qualitative perspective, which are affecting their capacity to effectively evaluate livability and quality of life, are explored as an opportunity for intervention. It is proposed that an inclusive mutual dialogue between designers, stakeholders, and occupants alike is needed in order to provoke meaningful problem-framing of this topic; first, however, it is important to establish a mutual platform of accessible knowledge. Findings from the research of place-making concepts and theory identify experience and expression as fundamental principles for communicative and transformational environmental design methodologies. As a means of engaging occupants to informally educate themselves and their qualitative perspective, these principles are then translated into an inclusive toolkit for use by occupants within/during their experience of places, towards developing their analytical processes of visual thinking.

Date: 1 November 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: qualitative environment, urbanization, urban design, visual thinking, experience, expression, design methodology, placemaking, place theory, livability and quality of life
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 15:55
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2016 20:03
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1273

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