Presentation: Alison Williams

Alison Williams: An exploration of how the physical environment affects the ways people are creative; environmental architecture, affordances, physical determinism, direct & indirect effect, can the physical environment directly impact what we do? Or is cultural mediation also important?

Environmental features or events and intervening variables, creativity syntax, triggers for creative behaviours- space syntax and creativity syntax (Alison’s original idea in development)/pattern languages and emergent structures for understanding these. . .
Questions: David – How disappointing at first was it that what you searched for in the journey didn’t come through, and how did you shift gears?

Sara discusses the discourses of positivist notions of creativity and individuality and the failure of some of these theories in social situations. . . suggests that it might be helpful to tie these ideas about social and creative impulses: the transcendence of moments and social media/experience etc., examinations in social transcendence…

Alison replies with reference to Sheridan Tatsuno’s work on group creativity in this domain.

Esther discusses the links to flow theory and raises issues about space/no-space locations.

Alison discusses the differences between her social/real space approaches and the virtual domain (not addressed in this paper)

Turlif asks about the process planned for mapping creative footprints.

Alison discusses her plan: the emergence of new ideas from interviews, common threads from statements made and wider sampling planned for the next phase (also discusses the importance of the multiple diagrams that are informing and modelling the study.


Alison Williams

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