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March 16, 2009

Messy Room

Stagnant habitation paired with constant preoccupations and consistent accumulation without equal consumption can lead to a mess. Opposing or obscuring functionality and utility, a messy room exists in state beyond everyday use value. Enclosure makes visible accumulation. A child’s bedroom may be messy, while their parent’s bedroom may be clean. The concept of mess troubles a building’s relation to the objects it contains. The section depicts movement, flow, circulation, and activity. There is no room for mess in the section. It is the architect’s signature drawing, what makes an architect’s services necessary. The typical plan on the other hand has an ambivalent relation to mess. The typical plan reveals the enclosure of space at numerous scale dimensions.  The plan often labels a room’s function but does not envision its total use.  There exists an ambiguity to the plan, spaces of possible outcomes as opposed to flows and movements. To further define the program using the plan, furniture may be included to reveal the hidden use value of spaces. If we tracked a user’s path throughout the day, and came up with a diagrammatic map of activity or use, a plan’s static space is revealed. The resulting space is at risk for the mess of accumulation.  Architecture makes way for interior spatial planners, decorators, and personal organizers, services that reveal architecture’s neglect of accumulation and of the imperfect inhabitant.

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