Thought Playground Lexicon


A consolidated + fluid lexicon of original words and definitions developed in Thought Playground essays.

Spaesthetic experience (SX): aesthetic experience in regards to spatial interaction or perception.

“SX is a subset of AX that I believe to be specifically crucial in art forms that generate spatial fields - most notably, architecture’s siblings of filmmaking, theatre, and sculpture, which generate ‘false’ spatial fields and rely on the manipulation of (let’s call it prespace to indicate ‘the space of beforeness of the entrance of art objects) prespace - like an empty museum room - to generate engagement and explore whatever the artist intends. This engagement may certainly sit with one beyond the spatial field of the art object- let’s define this radius as the distance from which (usually) visual or other sensory cues indicate to the sparti that an art object is present. Whereas, architectural space is not as temporary in its effect because of its everywhereness, as opposed to interjections of prespace.”

Original.

Space Participant (sparti): The organism interacting with, and thus, participating in a spatial practice or experience. This term is preferred and used instead of ‘user’ because it emphasize the participatory nature of space and architecture - which cannot exist without a participant. Further, ‘space’ implies that this is a constant interaction that does not begin and end on the stoop of a building.

Original.

Thought Playground: a derivation of the mind palace technique (also known as memory palace or loci method) in which the thought playground exists as a singular, returnable, and infinite space, not modeled on a real place, but an imaginative one, easily molded by and constructed by the practitioner to perform any number of thought experiments and creative reckonings. A mental studio space, of sorts.

Operative Structure: structures that fulfill an operation not intended to create or heighten SX, serving merely as physical infrastructure with on intention of enhancing or creating social infrastructure. 

Ex. A highway; this is a public infrastructure which serves to get people from point A to point B faster.

Original.

Proxy Structure: structures whose UI/UX Function is misaligned and fulfill a structural purpose (ex. housing). These structures can provide a SX, but it is not their sole intention - they are more concerned with ‘function’.

Proxy structures do not contribute to social infrastructure and often isolate people or groups. (no. 2)

Ex. McMansions + suburbs.

Original.

Space (accept + use de Certeau’s definition of space from The Practice of Everyday Life):

"composed of intersections of mobile elements. It is in a sense actuated by the ensemble of movements deployed within it. Space occurs as the effect produced by the operations that orient it, situate it, temporalize it, and make it function in a polyvalent unity of conflictual programs or contractual proximities."

(Space is the medium).

Space is that naturally occurring, perpetual plane which permeates all and is broken by those architectures, those structures, which generate those 'unique' spatial fields that give atmosphere.

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