The Role of Multi Sensory Responsive Architecture in Forming Distinctness Imagesat Interior Spaces
The Iraqi Journal of Architecture and Planning,
2010, Volume 9, Issue 19, Pages 363-383
AbstractThe description of modern spaces is lacking in full range of sensory cues , which are not present in most modern spaces . They have also been neglected by designers, by not being consciously manipulated and by not allowing them to happen .There is currently an increased desire for sensory involvement for seeing, touching , smelling , hearing and feeling of kinesthetic – a desire for increased sensuality manifest in many fields , witch may permit architecture with multi sensory information, if only designers can take advantage . Research calls for the approach that embraces all human being senses and modes of understanding, and to treat sound, touch, and odor as the equals of sight. Sensory response, sentiment, and memory are critical design factors, the equals of structure and program which help in .
The research explores the nature of our responses to spatial spaces—from various sorts of shopping buildings, which needs to be a fulfilling the experience, and should provide unique images , different from another visited places .
The absence of a comprehensive theoretical framework for the phenomenon of multisensory responsive spaces in relation with distinctness images and exploring its implicit psychological aspects constitutes the main research problem. In view of the problem under investigation, the goal of the present research is to establish the main principles of the multi sensory space and mechanisms of the phenomenon and its consequences represented by making distinctive images in interior spaces.
The main hypothesis of the present research was formed as a result of the dialectic and reasonable interconnection between two main factors; complexity of individual parts of sensory data which is understood against the coherence of large paradigm, and that interior spaces which are temporal constructs, formed from complete perceptual image, where the clarity of the previous relationship that grants clear distinctness mental image in interior spaces.
Arriving at the aforementioned aim requires the building of the theoretical framework in the light of which the main research hypothesis is presented, and then the application of the framework to selected architectural shopping environments (Dubai Festival City, Wafi City, Ibn battuta Mall, Dubai Mall) in the U.A.E in order to test the validity of the hypothesis and eventually the extraction of the principles and mechanisms of the phenomenon.
The main research finding is that the visual and tactical responses have the role in constructing distinctive images, while smell and audio responses are less important.
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