Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ownership of Space

  1. Spaces are not always used for the function intended by the architect. I'm sure you can think of examples, both positive and negative. Reasons for this can include:
    An inadequate design--the space does not foster the intended use.
    A failure of communication--users do not understand the designer's intent.
    A difference of opinion--users know what the space is for but determine to do something else with it.
    This begs the question of whose vision for a space should take precedence if (when) they conflict.
    Both of these points apply to the "imaginative space" that is literature. I'll explore the first today and leave the second for another post.

    Point two: Use vs. Intent.
    In the context of literature, this boils down to "What did I get from reading this?" vs. "What did the author intend readers to experience?" The interesting follow-on questions are "Should I care what the author intended or is my personal experience independent of that?" and "When intent and experience don't align, is that the author's fault (for not writing well enough) or the reader's (for bringing their own baggage)?" A recent post author Shannon Hale's blog discussed the

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