The book as site

Alternative modes of representing and documenting architecture

Authored by: Marian Macken

The Routledge Companion to Design Research

Print publication date:  October  2014
Online publication date:  October  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415706070
eBook ISBN: 9781315758466
Adobe ISBN: 9781317636250


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Any practice-based doctorate, at some point, needs to be submitted for examination. At this culmination two modes of working – of writing and making – combine to constitute a single thesis or argument, and hence, new knowledge. Within the fields of art and design, this relationship is inherently ambiguous with no one clear model. The topicality of practice-based research is evidenced by discussions, and hence writing, concerning the notion of art and design as a way of inquiring, of producing knowledge and as a way of researching, different from traditional fields of research such as science and the humanities. The particularities of practice-based theses have been less discussed, in regard to the relationship between the written and studio components of the thesis. This chapter articulates an approach to the relationships between the research question, the voice of the writer and the structure of the thesis, and its associated examination process. Using as case study the author’s doctorate, which migrates between disciplinary boundaries, it is argued that these relationships, and the methodology of working between them, are the core component that defines the practice-based doctorate.

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