Diploma Unit Two. Architectural Association School of Architecture

Tools for Architecture is a research unit based at the Architectural Association in London formed by a team of MArch AA Diploma students and lead by Space Popular directors Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg.

Research-Ease of access to randomness

In this part of the research, two questions had raised :

What results in this huge difference in time for a human to use randomness?

How to get understanding about ease of access to randomness?

As countless different forms of perceived randomness are inhabited in daily life, a better way to research is through look into a controlled situation.

A database of randomness method through individual experiments on a person who is new to given method is constructed to quantify the ease of access.


16  different method is split in half ‘Creativity hitchhikers ’ and Social Icebreaker ‘ parts, experienced by volunteer Jackie, while the whole process is recorded in three different angles.



In every experiment, she will be provided with a card with the least amount of information to understand this method and all of the materials she needs.



Three signal lights will be lifted up on different occasions 

Red: when she understand the method

Orange: when she finished the first attempt.

Yellow : when she wants to finish playing this round.

The time difference in between is calculated and marked out on a diagram with six factor:


Heart Rate

Time for Understanding

Time for the first attempt

The time between the second and the last attempt

A diagram is generated by connecting all the spots to a shadow in which the area various to different quality of random method.