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The architect’s Wunderkammer: aesthetic pleasure and engagement in electronic spaces

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Journal publication date1999
JournalDigital Creativity
Journal number1
Volume10
Number of pages17
Pages1-17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper reflects on the very first stage of developing the concept of the Wunderkammer, a collectively used multimedia archive for inspirational objects (images, sound, video), a collection support, and a view generator. Our approach to designing the Wunderkammer space is grounded in the need for imprecise, fluent forms of categorising inspirational objects as observed in our fieldwork of architectural practice. The paper looks at the Wunderkammer as both a result and object of architect-users' imaginations, and as an attempt at supporting their practices of collecting, archiving and searching inspirational material and using it for communicating the design concept. It also explores different approaches to the graphical design of the Wunderkammer space and their suitability for different situations of use.