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Mental Narratives in Architecture


Ishita Jindal , Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies


Architecture, Emotions, Fiction, Functional, Narrative


G.K.Chesterton, an illustrated English fiction writer, once quoted- "There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds". (The Everlasting Man, 1925) Fiction is a narrative that follows a certain structure, but, is underpinned with imagination and curiosity. It helps to produce narratives that are inspired by, or imposed upon, buildings and the built environment which may or may not exist. These buildings are an amalgamation of various spaces, each of these spaces are a product of the architects imagination and produce mental images that constitute to form a mental narrative. These mental narratives are subjective and shaped out of the relation, an individual forms with a space or a building. Every space is interpreted by the user in a different way; therefore it is important for an architect to inculcate spatial organization in a way such that mental narratives are user-defined. These mental narratives can be formed by reading a fictional narrative or even visualizing architectural drawings. Examples for the same can be the architecture fictions of Bruce Sterling which create mental narratives of an alternate and technological future. Considering Arch gram as a historic reference and Hypothetical Developmental Organization as a contemporary reference, rendered drawings and schematic drawings were made which point towards the alternate futures of a building or society. These works of architecture fiction develop mental narratives that are not in a single well defined direction. But these mental narratives are full with imagination with ever changing spaces and events. Architecture recently has become clearly based on form and function, the emotional and personal connection has created a void in this field. The mental narratives chip off the gap created between the functional and emotional aspects of architecture as it creates a relation between a building and its users.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV6I40594
Published in: Volume : 6, Issue : 4
Publication Date: 01/07/2018
Page(s): 723-727

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