Using Spatial Cognition to Improve Knowledge Construction

Smith, Carl and Gerard, Pierre-François (2014) Using Spatial Cognition to Improve Knowledge Construction. In: Real Virtuality: About the Destruction and Multiplication of World. Transcript-Verlag, pp. 311-336. ISBN 978-3-8394-2608-1 (PDF); 978-3-8376-2608-7 (Print)


Our current methods for storing and organizing information for knowledge formation are inefficient. We have terabytes of information stored in 'files' but the accessibility to this information is diminishing with the addition of each new file. In parallel, the widespread use of video games, mobile devices and location-based media is rapidly immersing us in a hybrid reality which is expanding the practice of spatial cognition within these virtual and physical architectural environments. The hypothesis is that we can overcome our apparent cognitive limits by combining ancient pedagogies, modern technologies and architectural codes to support the new learning needs that appear as a consequence and response to our immersion within these hybrid environments.

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