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Designing in a state of distraction: the wild fields of architecture

Almaç, Bihter; (2020) Designing in a state of distraction: the wild fields of architecture. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This PhD by Architectural Design offers a different way of looking at architecture, conceiving it as a process in which being in a state of distraction provides the most fertile conditions for pursuing creativity. What follows is a series of experimental projects and ruminations that put this case for distractedness in the design process. I should point out that what I refer to as the Wild Fields of Architecture resides in what Hays and Trotter discuss as the fictional. These fields (hereafter WFoA) are not interested in offering critical views of other architectures to define themselves. This does not make it easy to give a precise definition of the WFoA, since they have no distinguishable physical aspects or boundaries. They only perform and deploy their reality through my attempts at unique, peculiarly creative acts of designing/making. And even then, the apparent realm of the WFoA can be easily distracted and displaced due to their degree of ‘otherness’. Therefore this thesis will began with an inquiry into possible settings for the mechanisms of the WFoA in light of this sense of ‘otherness’. The method I chose to explore this condition is to set up deliberate manipulations through a series of design projects. My research is particularly interested in embedding disruptions, vagaries, displacements and removals into these initial design encounters, and then observing their effects on whomever it is who participates in each of the experiments. Therefore my research is always a struggle, deeply situated within the mechanism of distraction, and hence also something that can be readily disintegrated and dispersed. For the purposes of this thesis, my series of design experiments are in this sense filtered and organised according to their respective positions with the state of ‘otherness’ that the WFoA allow.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Designing in a state of distraction: the wild fields of architecture
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author 2020. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10093897
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