Dialogues in Micro-Objects
Part III of III of my FYP Research Project regarding the topic of Micro-ness, this Volume researches upon how furniture could be made into objects that enables interactivity between two or more users. Explorations towards objects in public spaces and how inhabitants uses them will be done. Whilst investigating the site for the previous project, these moments and personal paraphernalia were discovered. It made me wonder how users inhabit these public spaces and make it personal to them. Studies shown that people need to be invited to make a space their home. They will tend to insert events or programmes to make a space personal. (Regan Koch and Alan Latham, 2012) This is apparent in the space that I experienced as there were an abundance of personal belongings in places that were public, as though it made it seem like the spaces were belonging to a single person, and not a space for the public.
Block 24 was chosen again similar to the previous project, I felt that this was a good space to start due to it having already such a rich culture of inhabitation with their belongings and how they occupy these small spaces. The open space in the alternate floor was such a unique area of the block. A sort of public space, it’s been inhabited by what seem to be a single individual for each of the floors. Some of these spaces were occupied by so much boxes and unused items that the space became a storage for them. These spaces occupied are about the same size as their whole unit. Some of these spaces becomes their living room with the types of furniture that they place here. One of the floors had a refrigerator and dining table against the wall, turning the space into their dry kitchen. However, these spaces are only used by a single user even though it is a public space. I was then interested in how these spaces could then be inhabited by different users without sacrificing the space being personal for them.
The use of space isn’t defined by the space created but by how the users define them. By creating these modular furniture, many uses were uncovered and achieve but it is by how the users use them is how the space is defined. As beings of the older generation, they tend to stick with what they are used to and comfortable with, and are not keen on new things, thus these simple structures were made to be easily used and manipulate effortlessly. These modules can be reconfigured to be used for different programming such as Dwelling, Tai Chi, Gardening or even Bird Watching.
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