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Memory, Projection, and Imagination: On challenges for observation and statistics based research
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (Critical Morphology (SAD))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7089-4244
2016 (English)In: Contour, ISSN 2297-6906, Vol. 2, 1-15 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Various forms of material, empirical, or observation-based research has grown in importance over the last decade in both architecture and urban design research, in parallel to an increasingly data-driven research utilising an increasing amount and availability of GIS data, tracking technologies, GPS records, and ICT tools. Assemblage theory and Actor-Network Theory have grown strong in several fields, sometimes linked to ‘flat ontology’, as have empirically based fields such as space syntax and geoinformatics. While it is somewhat dubious to bundle these theories together, they there are tendencies in contemporary research in which they can be linked, with more or less explicit intents to cut past perceptions and conventions to look at the world ‘as it is’ and generate understanding from observed behaviours, actions, and the myriads of interactions going on. This has produced a rich body of research and significant advances in knowledge. However, there is also need for pause and reflection, to avoid risks of repeating the mistakes aimed to oust. This article offers a set of such reflections that will come about through a set of examples, leading onwards into a discussion of the role of memory, projection and imagination, as well as the need to consider how to integrate norms and structures into research that often intentionally leaves such concepts out.

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Lausanne: EPFL , 2016. Vol. 2, 1-15 p.
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architecture, actor-network theory, space syntax, research methodology, spatial configuration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-198076OAI: diva2:1055348
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2011-75

QC 20161213

Available from: 2016-12-12 Created: 2016-12-12 Last updated: 2017-01-10Bibliographically approved

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