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This paper presents the results of an intense design workshop that looks, probes, and builds
at the very interface that is provoking the cultural and professional shifts. Media space is
presented and used as an interpretive playground for design experimentation in which the
poetics of representation (and not its technicalities) are the driving force to generate
architectural ideas. The work discussed was originally developed as a starting exercise for a
digital design course. The exercise was later conducted as a workshop at two schools of
architecture by different faculty working in collaboration with it's inventor.
The workshop is an effective sketch problem that gives students an immediate start into a
non-traditional, hands-on, and integrated use of contemporary media in the design process.
In doing so, it establishes a procedural foundation for a design studio dealing with digital
The projects presented here are of three types: (1.) The first project compares people's evaluation of several slightly modified virtual models of a space. (2.) The second project compares how people evaluate a foam core model of a space to how they evaluate a virtual representation of the same space (3.) The third project compares people's evaluation of a real space to that of a virtual representation of this space. //
The wide range of results presented provides one argument in support of using VR simulations to study
spaces and how they are perceived. For example, results shows that a virtual window serves to alleviate
perceived crowding and that added furniture serves to make a virtual room feel slightly larger and less
constraining. However, problems did emerge with using virtual reality simulations to gain information about
peoples' behavioral reactions to a space. Thus, not all circumstances under which VR representations are
used creates valid results. Differences appear to be in the type of evaluations measured (e.g. dimensional
versus behavioral). More research is needed to clarify this issue.
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