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Sarah Wehmeyer _ abstract

The Collage as Practice of Research Design

The communication of our society is characterised by an increasing flood of media imagery, which exerts a strong influence on the architectural production. We perceive architecture more and more via an image; we consume it through the image. In this continuously growing picturesque reality of digital visualisations and idealised architectural photographs, occasionally contemporary architecture firms, such as in Brussels operating offices KGDVS or Dogma, communicate their designs by means of a new and yet recurring method of architectural representation: the collage. In the production of the three-dimensional, the second dimension is being used.

As a borrowed from the fine arts, specific technique of superimposition and sticking of real paper and material fragments, the collages in the current architectural discipline designate a specific form of visualisation that does not create their spatial atmosphere through a reality-simulating staffage and perspective depth, but by the digitally generated, two-dimensional layering of different, abstract colour and material surfaces. In addition to the visual and representational succinctness of these collages, special attention must be paid to the fact that the previously mentioned architecture firms, in their individual experimentation and interaction with digital collages, demonstrate an approach of an intensified artistic and at the same time explorative access to design genesis.
The planned dissertation ties in with this point and thematises the collage, so far primarily being apprehended as a medium of presentation in the architectural discipline, but now functioning as a present and future-oriented design and research practice of the architectural creative processes. The overarching goal is to identify the potentials that the collage as a two-dimensional image production and image reception has to offer in order to conceive and explore spatial qualities as well as to reflect and improve the individual design attitude and the personal architectural understanding. Furthermore the work questions if and in what way the collage, as a reflexive approach to creative processes, implicitly and/or explicitly supports knowledge-genesis and in particular, the genesis of design-specific knowledge.

 

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