Spatial imagination and representation: a method for integrating the theory and practice of spatial analysis in architectural education

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The course “Spatial Imagination and Representation” brought two rather unlikely subjects to-gether: philosophy and drawing. They have become a promising couple, braiding the theoretical with the prac-tical. Special about the new course is its methodological approach. We have made the philosophy of space into a tangible and concrete subject, explaining various conceptions of space and working out how these concep-tions affect our way of responding to space. At the same time, the lessons in drawing explore these theoretical positions, giving the theory a foundation in practice. Both philosophy and drawing are concerned with process-es of abstraction in the exploration of our environment. These abstractions express themselves in images and descriptions that can be explored through both disciplines, after all drawing is often defined as a kind of ‘think-ing of the hand’. Philosophy on the other hand thinks about the process of thinking itself, but also about the object of its thought.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges
EditorsM.J.R. Couceiro da Costa, F. Rosetta, S.C. da Costa, J. Pestana Lages
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Taylor & Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-22625-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-02966-8
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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