Chapter 2: Spatial Fragments, The Everyday Flaneur

Framing Spatial Fragments – The art of flaneury is a relatively personal and subjective manifestation. Project 2 utilizes Frames as an instrument to frame views of specific spatial fragments. Spatial fragments evokes narratives in our consciousness. Spatial fragments are re-interpretated and translated showing the possibilities and variety of the art of flaneur.

Design statement: Collecting spatial fragments to form narratives in our consciousness.

1. Spatial fragments: Flaneur in our everyday

The dwelling body. How the body adjusts itself in appropriation to its spatial context in the moment.

2. Drifting stops

Bringing the attention to the specific element of each drifting stop. People entering the space can collect their own fragments of thoughts and experiences spatially. Hence, forming their own narratives.

3. Thinking through making

What are the elements that makes up the site? What are these fragments that can be found in space? Imprints of elements on site (Plaster imprints) The impressions are made by the “life” collected on-site; which can be seen as souvenirs of life; just like our fingerprints.

4. The Dwelling Bodies Dwelling: Body positions: Body in space

Trying to figure out how the body dwells, how we position ourselves in the social context. We appropriate our body in relation to the larger spatial context. Like how we are the nucleus to our cell. Do we stand upright? slouch? lean against a surface? cross our legs? cross our arms? or squat down?

5. Film Studies: Framing Scenes

Parasite framing scenes to capture raindrops, framing site elements to amplify spatial quality methods of revealing Playtime - Jacque Tatti Entire set was built for film in 1967 Scenes framed focuses on flaneur’s observing, interacting and wondering about people, things and spaces. Playful interaction with an edge of humor. Majority of the scenes do not depict commonly known identifiers of Paris, like the Eiffel tower. Minute details, furnishings and people were depicted. Realization: Tatti frames the Fun in everyday life. This is Tatti’s way of depicting flaneur. It is his manifestation. And this is only one type of flanuery. Everyone can manifest their own flaneury.

6. Flaneur's thought funnel

Flaneur varies from the individual. The flaneur’s thought funnel allows me to comprehend and see links between each section of theoretical framework more distinctively allowing logical reasoning to flow. The issue of topic at hand is Flaneuring in our everyday. The concept of Spatial fragments keeps us aware of our stream of consciousness whilst flaneuring. The strategy of Derive means to drift and wander while reading the urban city. The tactics examplifies the possibilities of flaneur where the rules of flaneuring differ from person to person based on the individual’s set of observation skills, sensibilities, and personal preferences. Since everyone is has similarities and differences, flaneuring spectrums from individual to individual.

7. Sengkang Playtime

Inspired by Jacques Tatti’ film which was filmed before the 21st century, this collage depicts play and distance. It represents an alternative state of mind or stream of consciousness while playing in the everyday.

8. Sengkang Playtime

The collage depicts communal and individual play based on one’s preferences. It is also playing on the Balance of the geometric shapes put to play. Hence, encompassing a light-hearted and playful flair to the everyday.

9. The Dwelling Body

Body in space and how the body dwells appropriating itself to its spatial context. The thumbnails depict how the body adapt its positions to morph into appropriation based on the context of its immediate environment.

10. Sengkang Playtime

The dwelling body.

11. Framing

The 2nd manifestation of flaneury in Sengkang. Rules: Mapless, Timeless, No start point allocated, No task given, Using frames. Frames are adopted to highlight and bring attention to the fragments in the sengkang social context. Frames aid flaneurs to read the city with their own interpretations, translating fragments in the real world into extracted essences of the space.

12. Spatial Fragments

13. Spatial Fragments

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15. Translating Spatial Fragments

Translating the spatial fragments from two dimensional to three dimensional introduces a new dimension to space. The study models are attempts to crystallize the spatial fragments which allows the spirit of the space to be amplified.

16. Spatial Fragments

Transforming 2D spatial fragments into 3D spaces, bring about new perspective for flaneurs and locals living in the neighbourhood.