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Architectural Abstraction and Representation: The embodied familiarity of digital space

Al-Attili, Aghlab and Androulaki, Maria (2009) 'Architectural Abstraction and Representation: The embodied familiarity of digital space.' In: Abdelhameed, Wael and Hamza, Neveen and Bennadji, Amar, (eds.), Digitizing Architecture: Formalization and Content, 4th International Conference Proceedings of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design. Manama (Kingdom of Bahrain): ASCAAD 2009, pp. 305-321.

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Abstract

This paper argues that familiarity is the tool that enables the understanding of space abstraction and representation. Familiarity in this context is independent from embodied interaction, and is crudely based on the connection between the various similar images of space; in this particular case, virtual space. Our investigation into the nature of human interaction with space, its abstraction and its representation is based on the critical contrast between the outcomes of interaction with two virtual versions of a physical reality; the first version is a non-linear interactive graphical abstraction of the space where no assertions or indicators are given as to whether or not there is a relationship between the abstraction and its physical reality, whereas the second is a none-linear interactive 3D virtual environment clearly representing the physical space in question. The paper utilises qualitative methods of investigation in order to gain an insight into human embodied experience in space, its abstraction and representation.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Embodiment, Familiarity, Architecture, Abstraction, Representation, Digital Space
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Financial and Management Studies > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)
ISBN: 978-99901-06-77-0
Depositing User: Aghlab Al-Attili
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2010 13:56
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/9475

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