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Title: THE CREATIVE CATALYST : COMPLEXITIES IN DESIGNING FOR CREATIVE RESPONSE
Authors: KOH KAI LI
Keywords: Architecture
Tsuto Sakamoto
Issue Date: 8-Oct-2009
Citation: KOH KAI LI (2009-10-08T10:20:49Z). THE CREATIVE CATALYST : COMPLEXITIES IN DESIGNING FOR CREATIVE RESPONSE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This dissertation explores architectural design as an extension of the user’s creative responses. It began as a response to Jonathan Hill’s model of “The Creative User” in which Hill proposes for architects to design in methods that would generate creative response from the user, influenced by the theories of Roland Barthes. However, in the reading of Barthes, it can otherwise be interpreted that creativity results naturally from the user’s personal reading of space. From this alternative perspective, it would then seem redundant and futile for the architect to intervene and take on the role of predicting for the creativity of another. It is with this interest that the paper began to investigate into theories and principles of existing works that encourage user participation, focusing on the intentionally designed parameters that catalyse users into responding creatively. Observing the representation of ‘creativity’ in the design field and drawing further studies from “affective architecture” and participatory art, it looks objectively into the creation of the creative catalyst and eventually opens up to the debate of whether the creative catalyst can be one deployed in Architecture. In the course of the paper, the definition of creativity will also be re-examined. Bringing in themes of affect and tension, this research aims to give new perspectives into the preconceived optimistic views of creativity and clarify the complexities found in designing for creative response.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/219852
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