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What is Somaesthetics

Handbook of Research on Methodologies for Design and Production Practices in Interior Architecture
Interdisciplinary philosophy coined by Richard Shusterman which aims to investigate bodily perception, performance and presentation integrating theoretical, empirical and practical disciples, for example John Dewey’s pragmatism and Zen body-mind philosophy.
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Corporeal Architecture: A Methodology to Teach Interior Design and Architecture With a Focus on Embodiment
Maria da Piedade Ferreira (Fakultät für Architektur, Technischen Universität München (TUM), Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7254-2.ch020
This chapter describes a teaching method, corporeal architecture, which uses performance art and neuroscience to teach interior design and architecture with a focus on embodiment and experience. The method sets new approaches to teach design, as it integrates design, neuroscience, and performance art and brings awareness to the importance of multi-sensory experience. The interaction with design objects at different scales is taken as an opportunity to investigate how the human body relates to space and allow the exploration of affordances through movement. Students are instructed with physical exercises and encouraged to design, build, and perform with objects such as chairs, cabinets and tables, installations, existing buildings, and public spaces. The performances explore narratives which reveal or subvert expectations we have around design objects. The methodology has a background in phenomenology, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Juhani Pallasmaa; Antonio Damásio in neuroscience; and Oskar Schlemmer, Marina Abramovic, and Stelarc in Performance Art.
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