Description of the course
In this project, students will collectively explore what happens to architectural practice when we ‘come to our senses’. During the semester, on a weekly basis students will (a) experiment with a multi-sensorial approach to urban environments that centre-stages bodily experiences beyond the gaze and that is supported by different sensing devices, (b) reflect upon how such an approach puts many of the tools, strategies, aims and goals of architectural design in crisis; and (c) reimagine how a multi-sensorial architectural practice could look like. Accordingly, we will, first, undertake a collective exploration of sensory practices, in order to re-appreciate the city and the built environment in a different light. This exploration will involve site visits, perception experiments, documentation exercises, and collective readings and discussions. Second, using a case-scenario approach, we will learn from these critical experiences to collectively prototype a new architectural toolkit, that is, a set of devices, methods, and skills necessary to re-equip our practice and make us ‘come to our senses.’
Learning to develop sensory skills and capacities of designers beyond the use of the gaze, as well as learning to become affected by the multi-sensory aspect of the situations in which they design, and the people they design with.
Text by Tomás S. Criado