Visual Spatial Enquiry explores visual and textual ways of working within spatial research. Architects and spatial thinkers from the arts, social sciences and humanities present rich case studies from remote and regional settings in Australia to the suburbs of Los Angeles, and from gallery and university settings to community collaborations in Mongolia. Through these case studies the authors reappraise and reconsider research approaches, methods and processes within and across their fields.
In spatial research diagramming can be used as a method to synthesise complex concepts into a succinct picture, whereas metaphors can add the richness of lived experiences. Drawing on the editors’ own architectural backgrounds, this volume is organised into three key themes: seeing, doing and making space. In seeing space chapters consider observational research enquiries where developing empathy for the context and topic is as important as gathering concrete data. Doing space explores generative opportunities that inform new and innovative propositions, and making space looks at ways to rethink and reshape spatial and relational settings.
Through this volume Creagh and McGann invite readers to find their own understandings of the value and practices of neighbouring fields including planning, geography, ethnography, architecture and art. This exploration will be of value to researchers looking to develop their cross-disciplinary literacy, and to design practitioners looking to enhance and articulate their research skills.
Table of Contents
1. Diagrams and Metaphors for Seeing, Doing and Making Space Section 1: Seeing Space 2.Time and Space in Words and Pictures: a Rear View of Suburban Change in Western Australia 3. Writing Visual Observations: Ways of watching and waiting 4. A Co-Inquiry Journey into Early Childhood Settings: a Rapid Appraisal Approach for the Joint Construction of Knowledge 5. Visualising Travel and Activity Geographies of Children’s Wellbeing: Three Layers of Spatial Data Using Mixed Methods Section 2: Doing Space 6. Masking tape, Mats and Imagination 7. The House Game: a Visual Method for Eliciting Aboriginal Housing Parameters 8. Split Vision Urbanism LA: Extrapolating the Visual and the Textual in Design Research Section 3: Making Space 9. Weaving the Emergent 10. ‘Negotiation-as-active-knowing’ as a Form of Immersive Visual, Spatial and Experiential Enquiry: Case Study of Mongolia 11. The Gathering Method: a Social Setting for Developing Successful Exegetical Writing in Creative Fields 12. Where Are All the Architects and Spatial Thinkers?
Robyn Creagh is a Senior Lecturer in architecture in the School of Arts and Sciences at The University of Notre Dame Fremantle, Australia. Robyn’s research and creative practice explores the interaction of sense of place, embodied experience and built environment design.
Sarah McGann is the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at The University of Notre Dame Fremantle, Australia. Sarah's research interests and publications build upon her architectural research and practice background particularly within the ‘social life of buildings'.