Although the built environment is not always designed to adapt, it still grows. Determining design solutions for this growth relies on an art of inquiry focused on successfully combining emic and etic perspectives. Emic perspectives describe an architectural grammar from an insider point of view from the user, while etic perspectives denote an external or generalized architectural grammar. As a licensed architect trained in applied anthropology, I have participated in the interface between these two perspectives in a museum setting. The following paper explores the process of developing an architectural model for designing co-created landscapes based on anthropological theories, case studies, and my own experiences.
Design Communication Association: Design & Graphic Palimpsest