CAN WE VIRTUALLY MODEL ARCHITECTURAL PATTERNS FROM STORIES?
Exploring Possibilities to Remotely Implement a Native Research Practice
This paper explores the possibility of ‘Storying Architecture’ remotely. Storying Architecture, termed by the author, describes a design research process in which indigenous community members use stories to recognise, interpret, model, and evaluate emerging architectural patterns in their local community. Both storytellers and listeners are encouraged to form a consensus on which patterns are most likely to benefit the community’s future quality of life. Actionable change can then occur by discarding or implementing specific patterns within the community’s future architectural development.
Storying Architecture would normally rely on face-to-face storytelling, joint interpretation, and tangible modelling to successfully achieve actionable change. Ongoing world events, which have limited physical interactions and drastically changed normative behaviors, have demanded that a completely new research culture be adopted. In a time when communal quality of life is a justified focus, how can Storying Architecture still be practiced by community members remotely? Can we virtually model architectural patterns from stories using universally accessible tools? What could the ethical ramifications be of using digital platforms over native mediums? This paper explores some of these questions as it follows the author’s attempts at implementing Storying Architecture remotely, from Europe, with a community in Bali.
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