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Title: AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGI: READING URBAN SPACES THROUGH EMOTIONAL LENSES
Authors: WONG MAY PING
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master (Architecture)
Tsuto Sakamoto
2015/2016 Aki DT
Database
Emotion
Emotional
Unusual space
Usual space
Issue Date: 30-Dec-2015
Citation: WONG MAY PING (2015-12-30). AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGI: READING URBAN SPACES THROUGH EMOTIONAL LENSES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Architecture in the 21st century places much emphasis on practical considerations such as efficiency and cost, often neglecting the intangible aspects—the emotional experience of a space. This concern is amplified in urban planning where there is a lack of categorizing methodology that prioritises the actual experience of a space above land use purposes, resulting in the production of two-dimensional master plans that relates a flat understanding of an otherwise dynamic city. In fact, the understanding of ‘emotions’ in the field of architecture seems to be inconsistent in relation with that of psychological literature. This dissertation attempts to close up these existing gaps. By drawing on the concepts of ‘non-place’ and ‘dirty realism’ by Marc Augé and Frederic Jameson, existing spaces can be theoretically characterized into the relative categories of Usual and Unusual spaces. Using Changi as an exemplar context for discussion, Changi Airport is representative of a Usual space that takes commonplace in our environment—it is idealistic, and is what Marc Augé defines to be a non-place. Several other landmarks of Changi such as the abandoned blocks of old Changi Hospital mark up as Unusual spaces—historically influenced places that embrace dirty realism, the mass culture of everyday life. Digital media analysis is used to re-examine Usual and Unusual spaces through the analysis of accounts by 120 individuals through the Internet, using as Plutchik’s wheel of emotions as a tool. This dissertation seeks to uncover the underlying impact that the acquisition of emotional knowledge can have on the reading of urban spaces.
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