Narrative facades of Grainger Street: Design and manufacturing of a physical model for participatory design

Danilo Di Mascio, Ruth Dalton

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This paper presents the design and manufacturing of a large-scale physical model of a historical street for participatory design purposes. The physical model, grounded in architectural representation and developed using state-of-the-art digital technologies, presents a form of interaction that usually lacks in similar artefacts, and - as far as we can tell - it may be the first of this kind. In fact, the model allows people to write, draw and share their memories and stories directly on the facades; hence the model connects architectural representation and narrative, and stimulates collective conversations
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvisioning Architecture
Subtitle of host publicationSpace /Time / Meaning: The Proceedings of the 13th Biennial International Conference of the European Architectural Envisioning Association at the Glasgow School of Art, 2017
EditorsTom Maver, Paul Chapman, Christopher Platt, Victor Portela, David Eaton
Place of PublicationGlasgow, Scotland
PublisherGlasgow School of Art
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780957666085
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventEnvisioning Architecture: Space/Time/Meaning: The 13th European Architectural Envisioning Conference – EAEA13 - The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sep 20178 Sep 2017
Conference number: 13


ConferenceEnvisioning Architecture: Space/Time/Meaning
Abbreviated titleEAEA
CountryUnited Kingdom
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