Design Epistemology









Source domains of Architectural Knowledge: Mappings, Categories, Validity and Relevance

Philip Plowright

Lawrence Technological University, USA

Keywords: epistemology; source domains; conceptual metaphor theory; architectural theory


The linking of knowledge domains is an important indicator to how knowledge operates and can address priorities, values and scope held by the user. In this paper, source domains used in the discussion of architectural content are of interest. One of the strongest tools to examine knowledge sources is Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT) and metaphor analysis. The paper uses a corpus of contemporary architectural theory and criticism texts to analyse the source domains used in architectural cognition through the Cognitive Linguistic and Discourse Analysis application of CMT. The analysis highlights the contemporary presence of traditional source domains but also addresses the dominant involvement of human projections such as personification, implied motion and agency into non-human situations as a critical process in the creation of meaning.

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Cite this paper: Plowright, P. (2016). Source domains of Architectural Knowledge: Mappings, Categories, Validity and Relevance. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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