w/3 – Architectural Body


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“Personen von ihrer architektonischen Umgebung zu isolieren,

führt zu einem Dualismus, der genauso schädlich ist

wie der von Körper und Geist.” Madeline Gins and Arakawa


)))))))))))) IAK Lecture: Architectural Body for the Post-Anthropocene – Parts 1 – 4 (((((((((((((((

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 12.14.17 PM  VORTRAG IAK Braunschweig / PRESENTATION SLIDES in PDF
   Part 1 –Visionary Engineering / The Tradition You’re In
   Part 2 – Alternative Visions / Counter Modernisms
   Part 3Alternative Bodies / Alternative worlds
   Part 4 – Towards the Architectural Body




FINAL READING:  Architectural Body by Arakawa and Gins – auf Deutsch: Niemals Sterben!! Architektur gegen den Tod

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Assignment 2: Space of String





Assignment 1: Part 2                       )))))))))))) Assignment 1.2 – Architectural Body Apartment Hunting – DUE June 5 (((((((((((((((

Assignment 1: Part 1                        )))))))))))) Assignment 1.1 – Architectural Body Digest – DUE May 22 ((((((((((((((





)))))) Second Reading: “The Engineer’s Aesthetic and Architecture” – from Towards a New Architecture, Le Corbusier ((((((((

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)))))))))))) First Reading: “The Bubble Around the Body” – from The Body Has a Mind of Its Own, Blakeselee (((((((((((((((


41N9hnBXrULIn this book, Sandra and Matthew Blakeslee give a very useful and detailed overview of what science tells us about the body as a space of mental activity.

Their chapter entitled, “The bubble around the body” provides a useful review of science about the sense of space around the body.








)))))))))))) Related Recent Article – On Landing Site Theory and the Architectural Body (((((((((((((((

A recent article I wrote for The Funambulist Papers v.2 – On the spatial thinking of Arakawa and Gins
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Architecture will come into its own when it becomes thoroughly associated and
aligned with the body. (Madeline Gins and Arakawa)


Da das menschliche Dasein und der Körper untrennbar mit dem Raum in Beziehung stehen … (Exner and Pressel)

Weekly sessions will include: short lecturing on the history of architecture created to engage the body specifically and group discussions of short readings to introduce a vocabulary for discussing the body in architecture. Concepts will be explored via concrete exercises to clarify how we perceive architecture and how our body does this perceiving. Students will produce analytic drawings, visualizations of the body in architectural space, 3D rope “sketches” of possible spaces, and an immersive intervention in the IAK building.


Analysis of bodily space in architecture (analytic drawings) / Representations of bodily experience of a space (drawing the body in space) / Drawing a space (elastic rope construction) / Representations of concepts for a construction (conceptual drawings) / Realization of construction or intervention in the IAK building, using rope and elastic rope


required: “The Bubble Around the Body” (in The Body Has a Mind of Its Own Blakeslee 2007 pp.109-137) / “Architectural Surround” (in Architectural Body, Gins and Arakawa 2002 pp.39-47) also in German translation as “Architektonische Umgebung” (in Niemals Sterben: Architektur gegen den Tod, 2008 pp.70.75)

recommended: “The Engineer’s Aesthetic and Architecture” (in Towards an Architecture, LeCorbusier 1923 pp.1-20) / “Leibliche Kommunikation: Gestischer Austausch zwischen Subjekt und Herum”(in Gestik des Raumes, Angelika Jäkel 2013 pp 128-144) / “Designing the Lifeworld: Selfhood and Architecture from a Critical Neuroscience Perspective” (Ebensperger, Choudhury and Slaby in Cognitive Architecture 2010 pp.232-249)


Students will learn to analyse space according to its impact on the bodies passing through it & to approach the shaping of space from a body-based perspective. Practice in analytic drawing of body-relevant spatial information, in the representation of space conceived for the body, and in the body-wise alteration of spaces using minimal means.




Top image: Alan Prohm


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