UBC Graduate Research

The place you thought you knew : personal memory as precedent in the architectural design process Hardy, Pera


What pieces of our past remain with us, and why? The scalability and malleability of our memories means that no physical space is ever lived, remembered, seen, or felt the same way from one occupant to the next. The architectural original becomes irrelevant in a sea of interpreted experiences. We glean selected moments and fragments from the spaces we occupy, and we modify and reinterpret them to inform our understandings of what comes next. The built reality of these moments and fragments have architectural implications; we physically embody them, and we can also create them. We generate new occupiable moments in the translation between selective remembrance and desire. The process is personal, and the product is infinite. The place you thought you knew is ever changing into places of what could be. This thesis is a study of personal experience in architecture, and how selected memories can become valid precedents in the individual design process. Beginning with a study in the associations of the subconscious mind and using meditation as a tool to investigate free thought, this project investigates the personal as a way to contextualize the universal, and to affirm individual intuition as a valid source of knowledge. Using intuition, memory and emotion in design are under-supported as informative factors in contemporary architectural design work. This thesis seeks to understand the possibilities of personal association, desire, reflection, and memory as base points for creative design decisions and generative space making; acknowledging their place in the artistry of architectural thinking and experimentally testing their limitations.

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