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Vol. 2 No. 1 (2022)

A sensorial foray into architecture

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Discussion of a sensory-driven architecture emphasises the need for a deeper and more holistic understanding of space. The collection of articles in this issue of ARSNET presents a variety of methods for engaging with the sensorial experience. These articles explore the process of measuring, interpreting, tracing, and constructing the spatial elements and spatial processes driven by sensorial stimulants, driving different projections of space. From the emergence of architecture that is more responsive to the diverse and subjective body needs in space to architecture that responds towards natural qualities as well as natural processes. Some articles also enable propositions of architectural form and programming with sensory-induced spatialities and temporalities. Through such projections, the issue creates multiple possibilities for sensory-driven design objectives which transcend contexts, practices and users, significantly expanding the sensory architecture discourse.


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  2. Atmodiwirjo, P., & Yatmo, Y. A. (2022). Interiority from the body, mind, and culture. Interiority, 5(1), 1–4.

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  5. Edwards, S. (2018). Sensorial interior: Museum diorama as phenomenal space. Interiority, 1(2), 173–184.

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  13. Pallasmaa, J. (2012). The eyes of the skin: Architecture and the senses (3rd ed.). Wiley.

  14. Perez-Gomez, A. (2016). Attunement: Architectural meaning after the crisis of modern science. The MIT Press.

  15. Pink, S. (2008). An urban tour: The sensory sociality of ethnographic place-making. Ethnography, 9(2), 175–196.

  16. Renel, W. (2019). [Re]mixing space: Charting sonic accessibility and social equity in creative urban contexts. Architecture and Culture, 7(3), 419–436.

  17. Sengke, M. M. C., & Mustikawati, T. (2019). The visual mechanisms of seeing in experiencing the interior. Interiority, 2(2), 213–229.

  18. Spence, C. (2020). Senses of place: Architectural design for the multisensory mind. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 5(1), 46.

  19. To, P. T., & Grierson, D. (2019). An application of measuring visual and non-visual sensorial experiences of nature for children within primary school spaces: Child–nature–distance case studies in Glasgow, Scotland. Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, 14(2), 167–186.

  20. Vignjević, A. (2017). Dialectic atmosphere of architecture: On aesthetic experience and meteorology. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, 12, 41–54.

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