[For participation in the workshop please send us a short motivation letter or description of the project until Thursday 23/03 at email@example.com with writingplace as subject (limited number of participants).]
With this workshop and seminar Argus and Writing Place want to introduce you to narrative perception within architectural design.
“Narrative is the principal way in which our species organises its understanding of time…wherever we look in this world we seek to grasp what we see not just in space but in time as well. Narrative gives us this understanding; it gives us what could be shapes of time. Accordingly, our narrative perception stands ready to be activated in order to give us a frame or context for even the most static and uneventful scenes.”
– H. Porter Abbott, The Cambridge
Introduction to Narrative A building is never grasped in its complete totality, from the foundation to the window details and up to the canopy. While experiencing or studying a building we add the notion of time upon the static spaces we perceive. We comprehend architecture in shapes of time, moments of experience in space, linked by a framework we could entitle as narrative.
Architectural design in general and students projects in particular often form uneventful and static scenes that exist on paper, in models, the virtual drawing and the like. These outcomes are the frame or context which we will perceive the project. Whether we activate this framework with our narrative perception, and by doing that create a better understanding of the proposed design, depends on the imagination and experience of the perceiver.
What are narrative qualities within architecture, and how can they be used as a tool to activate our understanding and perception of a designed frame or context? How can we consciously use narrative perception as a design tool to strengthen our projects and already consider the notion of movement and time within our projects?
To provide you with a brief introduction into narrative perception within architectural design we’ve invited editor Klaske Havik and two contributors, Wim van den Bergh and Bart Keunen of the recently published book Writingplace, investigations in Architecture and Literature to give a lecture. These lectures form the academic backbone and inspiration for the two-day workshop.
Wim van den Bergh (Architect, Professor of Housing and Design, RWTH, Aachen, DE)
Bart Keunen (Professor of Comparative Literature, Ghent University)
Klaske Havik (Associate Professor of Methods & Analysis, TU Delft)
To compliment the seminar, ARGUS has invited both architects and editors of Writing Place, Mark Proosten and Mike Schäfer to provide a workshop on literary design methods in general and the concept of narrative perception in particular.
Participants will use one of their own design projects (e.g. one they did in a former studio) and rework their result with literary and narrative methods.
The workshop will take place in Room Q, March 30th – 31th from Thursday 10:00 to Friday 15:00. Registration for the event is free.
Please send a short motivation letter or description of the project until Thursday 23/03 at firstname.lastname@example.org with writingplace as subject (limited number of participants).