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Embodied reasoning in architectural critique

Journal article
Authors Keith Murphy
Jonas Ivarsson
Gustav Lymer
Published in Design Studies
Volume 33
Issue 6
Pages 530-556
ISSN 0142-694X
Publication year 2012
Published at The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction, and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS)
Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Pages 530-556
Language en
Keywords architectural design, reason, communication, design behavior, design education
Subject categories Design, Architecture, Pedagogy


In this paper we explore the use of analogical reasoning a means for identifying problems in architectural critique interactions. We focus in particular on the conversational invocation of specific architectural references as comparative cases intended to expand, clarify, or challenge details in student presentations. These analogical comparisons are not merely asserted by critics, but are interactively achieved as multimodal forms of action that combine talk with other forms of embodied action. Moreover, taking into account the wider goal structures in which the comparisons are embedded, we argue that in the context of architectural education, reasoning through analogy is a key means for socializing students into certain aspects of professional architecture and testing the limits of architectural knowledge.

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