This video shows a sample of the workshops done with the community of RSV (Residencial Serra Verde) in 2006. These workshops were part of the community's digital inclusion for participation in the design process and had as its main goal to check which was the best way for lay and illiterate people to understand spatial representation. The experiment proposed that different groups worked with physical and digital models to reproduce the room in which we were located and to propose a simple arrangement with tables and cardboard modules for the coffee break. In both cases the exercise had two variations: starting from scratch and refurbishing an existing model of the room. After completing the models, the groups were asked to build with real size cardboard modules the coffee break space proposed in the model. The groups were then required to comment on the relation between representation and the space created. This video includes four groups, two working with a physical model (one from scratch and one refurbishing) and two working with 3D interactive digital model (one from scratch and one refurbishing).
This was part of a research project developed at EVA (Estudio Virtual de Arquitetura) at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil.