Frangipane / Narrative as a Design Tool in Marginal Landscape

Narrative as a Design Tool in Marginal Landscape

Author: Marianna Frangipane, Politecnico di Milano

Supervisor: Andrea Di Franco, Politecnico di Milano

Research stage: initial doctoral stage

Category: Extended abstract

DDR Statement

Drawing on its definition of research by design, the research will be composed of three main parts and the structure intends to address the issue through three different methodological approaches that develop in parallel and mutually influence each other. They include the theoretical study, the observation of relevant case studies and an auto-reflective approach that involves my “learning by doing”. In a synchronic exchange, the emerging knowledge generates mutual influences that can be described as follows: “making” generates the perimeter within the field of study is circumscribed and recognizes relevant case studies, allowing me to focus the gaze of my doing. Practicing an auto-reflexive observation (Schön 1983) may represent the most appropriate way to investigate the effectiveness of the project in marginal contexts. My previous and ongoing experience has affected my field of research interest and represents the opportunity to experiment with the project in action. The comparison with “real processes” allows me to practice the designer and the researcher’s dimension at the same time and reveal design tacit knowledge. The purpose is to recognize the tacit knowledge produced in the practice of the two cases attended and related to the opportunities that arise, experimenting and observing ways to make it available to other situations and subjects.