Frangipane / Narrative as a Design Tool in Marginal Landscape

Narrative as a Design Tool in Marginal Landscape

Author: Marianna Frangipane

Supervisor: Andrea Di Franco

Research stage: initial doctoral stage

Category: Extended abstract

Affiliation: Politecnico di Milano


This research has the objective of experiencing and identifying new approaches for space modification in marginal contexts, based on the hypothesis that narrative may represent a possible design tool. The focus of the research is the effectiveness of possible architectural design methods and tools when related to marginal contexts. Herein marginality is not considered as an absolute condition but a relative one, defined by the lack of projects. How does design face these contexts where the space modification demand is not explicit? A possible approach needs to interpret marginal contexts and to trace possible space modifications, considering the project as tentative, as a social practice, and as an open work. Questioning the design capability to untangle the complexity (without reducing it) of these fragile contexts, the research aims at investigating the uses, forms, and effects of narrative in architectural projects.

Keywords: Narrative, Marginal landscape, Action research