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Design Imaginaries. Knowledge transformation and innovation in experimental architecture

Journal article
Authors Jonas Ivarsson
Todd Nicewonger
Published in Mind, Culture and Activity
Volume 24
Issue 1
Pages 67-80
ISSN 1074-9039
Publication year 2017
Published at The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction, and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS)
Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Pages 67-80
Language en
Subject categories Pedagogy, Architectural Engineering


This article tracks the work of a group of architectural researchers and treats their experimental practices as vantages for analyzing the social production and transformation of architectural knowledge. This requires first examining the role of so-called design imaginaries, or modes of prototyping and analysis, which these researchers draw on to explore wider theoretical questions, as well as to test varying theories and hypotheses. It also includes examining how seemingly contradictory design concepts figure into their creative work, which we argue hold theoretical resonance with Gregory Bateson’s ideas on Learning III and Yrjö Engeström’s notion of expansive learning.

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