Phenomenological process in mapping the city: Projective and representational alternatives
Chen, Peter C.
Master of Architecture
In the process of delineating an ideological territory for lived experience and rational structure, the very nature of experience sometimes eludes our sensibilities. Event and memory are constantly being redefined, reconfigured, rediscovered. These intersecting realities alter our perceptions of the world and we are forced to further reconsider our understanding of it. The disjunction between lived experience and our understanding of it necessitates the imposition of a 'rational construct' upon reality.$\sp1$ The search for representational perfection has however, negated the relevance of the construct. The loss of meaning derives not from the devaluation of the framework, but the drift from reality, or more accurately, the discrepancy between the construct and its represented double. In the fissure between associative memory and the rational construction thus, lies that which holds prospect for enlightenment. ftn$\sp1$Ronit Eisenbach, "The Map and the Madeleine", Process(es): A Problematization of Method and Moment in Architecture, (College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, 1993), p14.