Jenny Scarborough

Fictitious Space


Keith Mitnick


Encountered or practiced routinely, the ‘everyday’ is an experience that goes unnoticed. Subject to life’s circumstances, experiences and things encountered are all individually relative. By virtue of relativity, selective perception is developed that allows certain ‘everydays’ to be omitted or taken for granted. It is only when a change or interruption occurs is it recognized that what was once normal is no longer so. How is this recognition of disruption reacted to and processed? The exploration of suburban single family houses and modern American housing revealed that the expectations and perceptions of space can be altered and even manipulated. This project’s interests lie within how tactics in psychology and architecture can influence the expectations and perceptions of architecture relative to the everydays of the individuals who live within it.

Written in the form of short relational episodes, the fictitious narrative presents the perspectives of three family members. Each set  recalls memories to provide insight into a consequential life decision that was made. Living and occupying the same house, the shared moments overlap in various spaces and points in time to create architecture affected by expectations and perceptions. Each episode is written at a different moment in time, in a different architectural setting, and with attention towards a particular level of detail.  Demonstrating the lack of a master life narrative, a comprehensive understanding of their residence is never revealed, nor is fully conceptualized.