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“Our existence is the foundation of memory in the same way that spatiality is the foundation of space”. – Dalibor Vesely
“To create is to communicate a certain concept, vision, idea, and meaning to the users. Architects can communicate their ideas through the design of spaces. Communicative space is the ability of space to communicate a certain meaning and ultimately connect with them. It is important for users to be able to understand a space first, in order for them to act and interact with it. More specifically, a familiar space it is often said that it “brings back memories”.
The way a person understands a space has to do with each user’s perception of it. The way in which each individual’s mind perceives a space comprises the combination of their brain and their body. Consequently, in a deeper dimension, the way users understand spaces is subjective, as it has to do with each individual’s understanding and perception of space based on their memories.
At the level of consciousness, we, as users of a space, are unconsciously recording the environmental variables effects on our nervous system through our senses that leads to our brain. Our perception of movement and spatial orientation arises from stimuli within the body itself. Therefore, the process of understanding and recognizing a space leads to a deeper level of memory, the one that has to do with experience of our existence in the world. Experiences are formed by the way we grow up in a society and have a variety that depends on our culture. Each individual’s senses can register the existence of being into a space through signals that cannot be consciously highlighted. Therefore, users simultaneously experience space as assembled by their senses and link those experiences with memories of similar spaces they visited before, to the one they are in at the specific time.
Exchanging cultures is a way of also exchanging experiences between people from different countries who all together inhabit a space. Consequently, exchanging cultures refers to the meaning of linking and bridging continents as well as cooperation and cohabitation between different countries, in order to achieve mutual understanding in every level of coexistence. The meaning of exchanging cultures aims in a kind of connection in which a space reflects a constant intercultural dialog between civilizations in general. This could be translated architecturally into something symbolic or more practically and spatially functional with the aim to cultivate union in the meaning of exchange, through communicative space. “ – YArch-workshop
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
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