SEP 2022 Research Journal 
Research Questions & Bibliography (wip)

SEP 2022

Bibliography (Categorized by topics):  Link

Questions on Topics:
1. Explore and dissect the neglected potentials that are embedded in our bodily ways of experiencing the environment. How can design respond to our perceptual process and encourage diverse dialogues/narratives so that people are active in the shaping of their experience rather than passive in their receipt of it?
2. Hypothesis that certain quality of design can serve as a prompting element that invites us to enter a more attentive state (similar to what Seamon called 'place release'? ), then contributing to place-making process and place-bond identity.
3. Are there any design elements that make us more mindful/attentive? more conscious and aware of our bodily movement/orientation? I got my answer partially when visiting Luis Barragan's work in Mexico City:
     - Contraction and tension raise the awareness of body, space opens up and closes off
     - Threshold makes the movement present
     - Framing makes acts of seeing present
     - Hiding and revealing keeps the desire of seeing and knowing active and engages the bodily movement
     - Landscape phenomenon of light and color are incorporated, creating more time-based layers in experience
Notes: They are my objective experience when I am actively acknowledging these qualities. I interviewed several tour guides ( architectural students + architects ) at different pieces and they did share similar experiences about sequence, framing, wonder, changes of perception in time. However, here still remains questions: without certain design knowledge, do these qualities influence us unconsciously or consciously? Are there effective ways to document and investigate these experiences?
4. Perspective shift, from an inclusive standpoint, what does my research mean for disabled people? Different eye-level, limited bodily movement, limited sensing ability, etc.
5. Reading through article on effective altruism and global priorities, I want to re-position my research within the larger spectrum. What are the critical aspects in justice and ethics for my research? This may help me break through the individualized experience and contribute to collective narratives.
      trying to answer:
     - Tackle at the root of existence/happiness/belonging to help people live a meaningful life and foster place-bond identity.
     - Stimulate connections/community. Equity in environmental policy. Resilient public space (ecologically and socially)
     - Re-position ourselves in built environment with the  developments in cognitive neuroscience. Cognitive infrastructure in public space.
     - Mental health and physical health via therapeutic landscape design. Attention /distraction /mindfulness/ awareness

Questions on Methods:
1. For qualitative research in humanity or social science, how do i make sure my research is rigorous? Methods to draw a good conclusion and make a solid argument? What are the common criteria for evaluation?
2. Case study investigation method. Measurements beyond geometrical space.

Next Step:
Spider diagram- mind map to help me develop framework
Annotated bibliography & Literature review

Fall semester is starting! :D
Seattle is very cute.