Architects design buildings, and other people make buildings into architecture.
Michel de Certeau said a place is an instantaneous configuration of positions. It implies an indication of stability, but space is a practiced place; it occurs as the effect produced by the operations that orient it, situate it, temporalize it, and make it function.
Today, architects do not design space. Architects design place for the objects, and other people use their emotion, movement, daily life, and memory to create their own space.
Shared, Filed, Erased, Remembered: a hotel room investigates how people’s emotion, movement, daily life and other elements like time, events and culture change the perception of individuals when they create this memory and how that memory is then replayed within new context and experiences.
“Memories tie us to that place... It’s personal, not interesting to anyone else, but after all that’s what gives a neighborhood its character.”
- a woman living in the Croix-Rousse quarter in Lyon, interviewed by Pierre Mayol,Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, P108
In this thesis, the structure of memory consists of three elements: container, trigger, and projector.
Container, generally means the buildings. It saves people’s memory in a specific place. Because of people’s memory, this “place” becomes “space” for these people.
Trigger, means some special objects can wake up your memory in some places, they might be food, fragrance, or just atmosphere. People do not need to go to specific spaces, the container, to see their memory. The trigger will pull people’s mind back to the space. But the memory will still save in the container.
Projector, means people’s perception of a space when the trigger wakes up your memory which happened in a container. Projector usually shows on your subconscious movements and these movements also create people’s territory of their own life.
When people identify architecture in their memory, using these three elements, these perceptions create what I am calling a new “memory scale” of architecture.
people’s memory scale.
Pilot, Stalker, Boy, Internetaholic, Businessperson, Murderer, Depression patient, and Maid; different characters have their own personalities and stories. This difference makes them activate their own memory scale on the objects which do not belong to themselves to create their own space.
People use their own memory scale on the same objects; after they leave, their memory scale is erased by maid. But people will remember what they did for different memory scale and they can imagine another hotel room before they go to the next one. Their memory scale is filed and shared with other people in this hotel room.They temporarily use their own memory scale to make this hotel room become their own room.
People now create their own memory scale for different buildings and make them into architecture, their own space. It seems like architects do not need to design for users.
In this thesis. different memory scale have various architectural issues: daily life, subconscious movement, blind spots, dependence, habit, compulsive movement, rules, acculturation, event, moment, five senses, emotion, disease, reaction and reflection.
These issues are represented in various diagrams and spaces on this drawing. Unfold these spaces: these spaces created by memory scale could be real architecture: a perfect one or a phobic one. They could be a room, a closet, a hospital, even a jail.
Status: School Project
Location: A Hotel Room