The spatial and social constructs of creative situations

Bostwick-Lorenzo Eiroa, Meredith and Jones, Derek (2014). The spatial and social constructs of creative situations. In: Williams, Alison; Jones, Derek and Robertson, Judy eds. BITE: Resipes for Remarkable Research. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 260–266.



This paper presents an alternative way of considering space in terms of situated activity. We suggest that the activity and human response to space are embodied in the situations we experience. This embodied interaction with space we argue to be an essentially creative act, providing a conception of space that we term the ‘creative situation’. Four characteristics of such creative situations are presented. These are followed by six descriptions of active creative situations with instances of these drawn from the recipes, case studies and papers in this book. These descriptions are a starting point, rather than a complete framework, and are an alternative way of viewing and reconsidering our understanding of space.

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