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  2. Density = 15,38

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  3. Density = 24,90

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  4. Density = 75,67

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  5. THE OBJECTIVE OBSERVER is a series of films aimed at starting a discussion on our personal subjectivity in everyday life. The method book aims to create awareness through practice in an attempt to minimize the effect of our subjectivity in design.

    The potential for The Objective Observer was explored through the observation of nine London high streets, which questions our role as designers when we engage in community projects.

    The result of these explorations is a research method that enables an objective observation of communities and their environment, by adapting the conventional uses of film through the application of scientific principles.

    Objective observation of three London high streets in order of Density:

    - Whitechapel High Street 15,38
    - Clapham High Street 24,90
    - St. Gile’s High Street 75,67

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'The Objective Observer'

Victoria van Wassenhove

The Objective Observer process is a way of understanding our roles as designers in social contexts. When we engage in community projects, it is very difficult to recognize how our own values and views interfere in the process and outcomes.

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The Objective Observer process is a way of understanding our roles as designers in social contexts. When we engage in community projects, it is very difficult to recognize how our own values and views interfere in the process and outcomes.

Designers are inherently subjective and in social contexts this can cause problems in the relationship between the ‘creative expert’ and the community. Personal values and preconceptions sometimes get in the way of observing a place in the ‘here and now’.

Objective Observer is a compilation of three films and a method booklet that shows how it is possible to produce material that captures the ‘essence’ of a specific place using mathematical principles. It is intended that these outcomes communicate both the method and how to implement it in practice. The overall aim of the project is to enable communities to view an ‘interference-free’ observation of a place.

The potential for the Objective Observer has been investigated through a process led exploration of nine London high streets.

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