Spacious is a creative practice research community which aspires to connect architects to their research and practice in a different way. What distinguishes Spacious’ approach is the emphasis on sited experiments. The inflexible categories of architect, artist, scholar and student, as well as the goal oriented work ethos that takes place in a sealed-off design office or faculty building, distance us from 'the real work in the real life'. Therefore we dispose with the de-natured white lab coat approach to environmental research and intervention and welcome you to an all-hands on immersion in and experimentation with the world.
The main goal is to explore a meadow of knowing, rather than to produce a field of knowledge, about sited awareness. Departing from the hypothesis of the embodied mind spacious explores the realm of subtle realities that emerges from the reciprocity between organism and (built) environment by means of creative practice research methodologies. In this way creative practices are activated not to reflect upon personal artistic endeavors, but as means to support the ongoing research in neuro-architecture, cognitive and evolutionary sciences from the immediacy of the lived, moment to moment, experience.
A SPACIOUS PRACTICE
Tiny Perceptions & Procedural Interventions
Working with Spacious enables you to develop alternative rhythms for your spatial endeavors at the crossroads of architecture and art, academia and life. Projects run over multiple years and are presented across diverse media, methods and milieus. To experiment is not to know in advance and – more often than not – to forget after the event. Therefore the site is approached without a predefined plan to let curiosity-driven and pro-active experimentation emerge in correspondence with the site. Through a focus on tiny perceptions and procedural interventions the creative process is anchored in the open-present and directly engages with more-than-human and more-than-conscious life.
A SPACIOUS COMMUNITY
Participate and Collaborate
Spacious is a nomadic community. Participants are held together by affinity rather than by any structure of membership or institutional hierarchy. We work by the principle of give-and-take, you are asked to contribute what you can and take what you need. Presently, Spacious specifically welcomes post-graduate research-practitioners that want to further and share their practice within our community.
Spacious currently resides in The Netherlands. Here the existing frameworks for architectural research limit a practice-based approach. Academic institutes mainly focus on theoretical research and art schools focus on personal and professional practice. Spacious aims to bridge this gap by working between institutes. In order to secure an interesting variety of influx to the community, and provide a solid breeding ground for future research, Spacious currently closely collaborates with the ArtScience Interfaculty in the Hague and the Ecologies of Architecture Research Group at the TuDelft.