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Finalist: Toby Coxon

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Desiring Affect by Toby Coxon, Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design.

Following recent ontological shifts within the social sciences, discourse within architectural and geographical circles has sought an understanding of space and the built environment through the lived experience of the body. This design explores the Spinozan notion of ‘affect’ as a strategic approach to design – that is, how to overcome experiential limitations of conventional design processes. This reconsideration of an everyday space – a bakery/café – seeks to engage at a visceral level. Moving imagery becomes a diagrammatic driver for the multiple imperatives of the design – programme, movement and form – with a particular focus on the intangible conditions of space.

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This ambitious investigation into the beginnings of the design process questions the fundamentals of static habitation. The result is a proposed bakery/café composed of a sequence of sculptural, elastic spaces.

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