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Narrative experience unable to make a stand


I have to say that the growth of 'interpretive architecture' (Letters, AJ 12.5.05) advocated by Peter Higgins is something that I worry about greatly.

Not only do we have to learn another lexicon of 'narrative environments' and 'visitor experience', but the architecture seems to be sidelined in a bid for the most 'meaningful', userfriendly practices.

I attended the UK's stand at the Japanese Expo and found that while the exhibition stand seemed to want to downplay the architecture to avoid distracting from the 'science' that Higgins talks about, the internal experience seemed to me to be overly premised on environmental concerns - fine on their own terms, but a slightly parodied understanding of what science and technology can offer future generations.

Let's be honest, the narrative experience I came away with was of a country not confident enough about itself and its science to make its stand stand out.

Bert Carlton-Jones, Canterbury

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