Diagram of fiction architecture paradigm

In this diagram the current architectural paradigm is represented on the left, and may be described as creative non-fiction, which is documentary in nature and didactic in tone. Where overt narratives are introduced they usually express ideas which are subservient to context, function or purpose, and are justified in this way.  On the right hand side the possibilities of architecture are extended by the acceptance of the premise of fiction, which underpins the novel in literature. Briefly, this is the notion that the intellectual content of a work may be based on make-believe and pretence.

For further elaboration, read through the posts on this blog from July 2009.

About Fiction Architecture
I am an architect born in 1953 and practising in Melbourne as a partner in Simon and Freda Thornton Architects. I established this blog to develop a theoretical basis for a type of architecture which I call 'fiction architecture', based on imitation, pretence, trickery and playful deception, as an alternative to most 'non-fiction' architecture which may be categorized as clear, honest, sincere and didactic.

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