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The architectural model as augmenting a sensory ethnography

Marco, Elena; Sinnett, Danielle; Oliveira, Sonja; Williams, Katie

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Authors

Elena Marco-Burguete Elena.Marco@uwe.ac.uk
PVC, Head of the College of Arts, Technology and Environment

Katie Williams Katie4.Williams@uwe.ac.uk
Professor and Research Centre Director



Abstract

This study explores the effectiveness of the architectural model as a means of implementing a sensory ethnographical research methodology. An architectural model, constructed as part of a wider design research approach, became the visual probe in a site-specific participatory ‘place-event’ with field experts. Using physical objects in sensory ethnography is well established, however, the application of architectural models in this methodological approach has not previously been documented to the authors’ knowledge. The architectural model was shown to be an effective visual probe, a means to implement a sensory ethnography research methodology in the field of architecture. Furthermore, the site-specific nature of the event generated a site-specific conversation that would not have occurred in a more conventional context. The event also made a valuable contribution to the field of architectural research, by demonstrating that a model can challenge the design of a research project from different perspectives, in a similar way to how architectural models challenge the design of buildings. This research is part of a wider study that examines the relationship between material possessions and housing design, and the findings were used to refine the use of visual probes in the later stages of the wider study.

Citation

Marco, E., Sinnett, D., Oliveira, S., & Williams, K. (2021). The architectural model as augmenting a sensory ethnography. Design Journal, 24(6), 843-864. https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2021.1949237

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 20, 2020
Online Publication Date Jul 27, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Jan 11, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jan 28, 2023
Journal Design Journal
Print ISSN 1460-6925
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 6
Pages 843-864
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2021.1949237
Keywords architectural design; design research; sensory ethnography; design process
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6979537
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rfdj20/current

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This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Design Journal. [Marco, E., Sinnett, D., Oliveira, S., & Williams, K. (2021). The architectural model as augmenting a sensory ethnography. Design Journal, 24(6), 843-864]. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Design Journal. [Marco, E., Sinnett, D., Oliveira, S., & Williams, K. (2021). The architectural model as augmenting a sensory ethnography. Design Journal, 24(6), 843-864] https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2021.1949237]. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.





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