Juhani Pallasmaa, Olaf Blanke, Harry Mallgrave, Andrea Serino etc.

Artwork by Camille SauthierArtwork by Camille Sauthier


Mai 4, 2016

Free entrance

Architectonic space engages several aspects of embodiment. While embodiment is a well-studied phenomenon in cognitive neuroscience, little is known about the impact of architecture on human behavior and self-consciousness. Here, we propose a symposium that promotes empirical scientific methods for architecture, studying the subjective experience of the body in space modulated by the facets of the environment.

Visuo-spatial effects of the arts on emotional states have been investigated for more than a decade through neuroaesthetics. Today knowledge about the effects of architecture on the body, feelings, emotions and wellbeing is sparse. We argue that findings from neuroscience can be implemented into the architectural design process to improve and enhance the user’s experience of space. The symposium “empirical: embodiment in architecture & neuroscience” is dedicated to architects, neuroscientists and engineers, who are interested in initiating a community centred on space design. Architects and planners are facing today unprecedented challenges – and, in the same measure, there are scientific and technological advancements under development that have not been tested for architectural purposes yet.

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13:00 Door opening
13:30 – 13:40 Isabella Pasqualini
Tibor Joanelly
13:40 – 14:10 Olaf Blanke Embodiment and bodily self-consciousness
14:10 – 14:40 Isabella Pasqualini Visual touches, touching views
14:40 – 15:30 Harry Mallgrave Theory, Culture, and Architectural Research
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:30 Andrea Serino The body in space
16:30 – 17:20 Juhani Pallasmaa The embodied image
17:20 – 18:00 Tibor Joanelly (Chair)   General discussion
18:00 Apéro
Partners Cyril Veillon, EPFL Archizoom
Michele Petochi, EPFL Presidency
Sponsor the cogito foundation: www.cogito.ch