The Playbook(s): Developing the Process / Methods to Explore Lived Experience of Architecture (2008 – Present)

Lesley McIntyre (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Research question of the project: Within the reflective design process, what are the tools, techniques and strategies that both ‘grow’ and focus a project?

Everything happens in my ‘playbooks’, borrowed from football, my playbooks are part sketch-book, part note-book and part-scrap book. My playbooks contain all my diagrammed strategies, methods for my architecture and for my research. Every project is born and developed in these ‘books’ and over these pages. When I don’t know what to do, the answer is in here.

These play books chart the origins of an idea, design or/and research project. These images offer glimpses into how projects come to be and the process of curating these have enabled me to reflect on the early stages of the process, the projects and the people who have impacted on the architecture and research.

Always with the ‘mission’ to build understanding of the ‘lived-experience’ of Architecture, the development of methods and cultural probes, is messy, challenging and full of trial and error.

Individually, these images describe a key moment in the realisation of a series of projects. Together they are a collection of starting points that narrate a chronological development of an architectural process, technological/skill development and co-creating with people.

1. The process image/object/video presents a very important moment or even a key point in the process presented.

2. The images sent are preferably from different stages of the process, so they visually narrate a chronological development.

3. The process work is something that is not staged as the finished products would be, they are seen as objects through which one learns by doing.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHet Nieuwe Instituute, Rotterdam
PublisherRARE Collective
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2021
EventRAW Exhibition by RARE - Gallery 3 by You, Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam, Netherlands, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Apr 202116 May 2021


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