Accepted Paper:

Architecture for senses: towards embodiment's strategies for people  


Mónica Díaz-Vera (Universidad de Chile)

Paper short abstract:

This research wants to reveal the latent presence of embodiment design strategies, involved in the architecture process. Studying the relations between architect and client is vital to understanding how a space is lived, the essence of an incarnated experience of architecture.

Paper long abstract:

How can we understand the body under a language where the emotion of the speech dissipates into the characteristic abstract concepts of the architectural discipline? Under which forms, materials and configurations are sheltered these emotions and senses? How can we conceive the spatiality of the emotions?

Considering the spatiality of the body as a protagonist, immediately confront us to the problematic of how can we build a corporeal speech of the formal space (Merleau-Ponty, 1964), from a discipline, such as architecture, were its development is mostly diminished to the fact of "making" objects for the contemplation and joy of our thoughts, leaving behind the perceptions and corporeal sensations that generally transcends the words and the rational language (Holl, 2010). This is how is raised the need of a disciplinary awakening more empathetic to the affective relations of the physical and emotional relations that are established between the inhabitants with the configurator tissues of space.

Considering this condition as the main axis at the moment of the design and planning of the future architectures that will frame the singular ways of the inhabiting.

Panel P092
Towards an architectural anthropology