"The reservoir": towards a poetic model of research in design

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2000. "The reservoir": towards a poetic model of research in design. Working Papers in Art and Design, 1, ISSN 1466-4917 [Article]

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Before setting out a sketch of what poetic research may be this paper describes briefly two polar philosophical attitudes to research- one that grounds in methodological rigour and the other that is in the main anti-methodological. The paper then sets aside the notion of these polar attitudes to consider two impulses in work (research/practice)- the centripetal and the centrifugal (drawing on Bakhtin) and sets out the poetic as a co-efficient that conditions the relationship between the two. A metaphorical image, the Reservoir, is then introduced that allows one to map these forces and organise a (re)search in which the active imagination is foregrounded. The reservoir may be used at various points of a programme of creative practice and for different ends- to generate, to build and to analyse. [Abstract]

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Journal issue contains peer-reviewed papers from the Research into Practice conference 2000. Freely available online.


design; research; model

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18 Dec 2007 12:58

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