Posts Tagged: experience

Humanising Prisons for a Better World: My TEDx Talk on the Architecture of Incarceration

As a long-standing admirer of the TED platform – that has connected me virtually to so many soul-shaping ideas and inspiring personalities – I was thrilled to receive the opportunity to speak at TEDxBhilwara. Although I am no prison architect or activist or volunteer (at least not yet), I accepted the invitation as an opening to give voice […]

Door in the Wall: How Art is Redefining Therapy for the Differently Abled

How traditional societies understood the therapeutic role of art, and what educators and therapists today can achieve with it.   “Art for art’s sake” is the famous translation of a French slogan that saw art as being an autonomous thing that has no other purpose or aim but to be for itself. Philosopher Alain de Botton […]

What Neuroscience Can Tell Us About the Experience of Architecture

“We make our buildings and afterwards our buildings make us.”   In 1848, a railroad construction supervisor called Phineas Gage met with a tragic accident, lending to neuroscience perhaps its most famous case. An iron rod pierced Gage’s head, destroying much of his frontal lobe — a part of the brain that houses long term […]

20 Films that Explore Relationships between Place, Time and the Body

Shared themes between cinema and architecture compiled in an essential list exploring space, time and embodied experience.   […] by moving physically through the architectural space, the human gaze defines and orders different points of view, thus realising a mental assembly similar to that of the cinematic experience. Vice versa, in a cinema, the spectator mentally […]

Travelling to Boost Creativity: 16 Indian Destinations for Architecture Enthusiasts

A travel bucket list for aficianados in design, culture and history.  Verses are not, as people imagine, simply feelings… they are experiences. For the sake of a single verse, one must see many cities, men and things. Poet Rainer Maria Rilke neatly sums up the process behind any creative act – dismissing the notion that […]

Inhuman Architecture: Calling for an Architecture of the Senses

We have for centuries sought to replace experience with knowledge. What a spare world we now live in! – Hugo Kuekelhaus My personal conflict with the profession of architecture began months into my third year of undergraduate studies. I became repulsed by the profession because it is essentially highly materialistic in nature – bordering often on narcissisms […]