Chinese University of Hong KonG, School of ArchitecturE, M.Arch Vertical Studio
2020 - 2021
BODY ARCHITECTURE, IMPLICATIONS OF THE SENSORIAL
I understand architecture because I have a body from which to understand it.
Sensorial stimuli is crucial for our ability to perceive space. It allows us to process information about our surroundings such that we can recognize our relationship to them. The signals received from the eyes, nose, and skin allow for the brain to create a mental image of our environment. Without them we would not be able to understand our relationship to space in the same way. The body then responds to this stimuli and negotiates itself within the environment. Manipulating them allows for reinterpretations of perception and ultimately provides an exploration into other modes of perceiving ourselves within space and our relationship to other bodies. Historically, humans have produced devices that have allowed them to manipulate their perceptions. In some cases to enhance abilities such as with the acoustic radar devices produced during WWI to hear enemy planes (pictured on the cover). In others, to produce moments of awe and reverence or fear and belittlement. And again in others, these designs have come out of an urge to question the status quo.
This studio seeks to challenge current modes of perceiving and proposes exploration into alternate models. Examining environmental conditions, sensorial stimuli, and ways of reading the body and its response, we will be designing architecture for the body. We will be learning from the expertise of cognitive scientists, psychologists and neurologists. We will experiment with different forms of scale, media, representation techniques and methods of design and fabrication in order to produce perceptual manipulations. Through the development of these provocations and through readings of theoretical and scientific discourse concerning the body in the built environment, we will discover and dissect the value of designing a particular experience for the body and what the implications of this are for subjectivity and for the architectural profession in general.
More information about the studio can be found under Advanced Architectural Design Studio I: Body Architecture Implications of the Sensorial on the CUHK School of Architecture Course page.
You can also visit us on instagram to follow our work in progress @cuhk_bodyarchitecture
W.I.P. Catherine Guo
Chinese University, School of Architecture
Sensorial, Experiential Design, Architectural Education