MDes Interior Design School of Design

Xiaobin Huang

Hi, I am a postgraduate student at Glasgow School of Art, interior designer, photography enthusiast and illustrator. I love exploring new things, new technologies, and new trends.

Recently the rise of AI tools has become a topic of debate, Many of the AI tools based on neural networks and deep learning are structured based on how the human brain functions, in the sense that we can use them to study our own emotions and design choices. Thus I hope to expand the relevance between language and space through the project,as well as explore the role of the interior designer in the future.


Memoryscapes: Collective Transcription of Language and Space

Memoryscapes: Collective Transcription of Language and Space

Research context

The context of the study is the curiosity about the potential connection between language and space. In interior design, the client describes the imaginary space that exists in the mind through language, while the designer acts as a translator, transforming the language into space. I am curious about this process, is there a more direct way to do this translation? Is there a way to better represent the subjectivity of the customer?

So, I decided to explore the link between people’s inner imagination and actual design through language in this research, the aim of the research is to convert abstract concepts into concrete environmental experiences, enabling a profound understanding of the connection between language and space. This transition from linguistic expression to spatial creation facilitates a multi-dimensional experience, closely connecting imagination with practical spatial design and introducing new innovations and possibilities to the design field.




Design outcome

In the design outcome, the first part extends the methodology. I aimed to use the actual site to demonstrate the space-memory relationship. “Building of Memories” is an art piece exploring the emotional memories of residents influenced by urban development. This work utilizes a demolished building as a canvas, translating memories into visual-spatial models within this shared space.

In my creative process, I employed the semi-nonfiction novel “This Road is Red” as my data source. From this, I chose seven diverse descriptions of residences, pairing them with the translation methods mentioned before. Just as the theory says, Collective memory is how people imagine the past, and not what the past actually looked like. Just as the way a community remembers a place. I hope to present the collective memory of the Red Road by constructing an imaginary space that places people’s emotions and memories.

Building on this groundwork and approach, along with speculative insights into interior design, I translated this abstract form into a functional space, yielding a novel design approach. Selecting One of the descriptions in the living room, I integrated it with the original site’s floor plan, resulting in the creation of an actual living room design.


"Building of Memories"

Physical model

model--WEE ROOM


model--WET ROOM


In the original description, the narrator speaks of a scene in the living room when the family has just moved in and everything is full of anticipation and excitement, so in the model I have also used bright, warm colours to create a very welcoming and exciting character of the space


Workshop-describe space from a name

living room design

Living Room 1

Living Room 2