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04: Sensory Experience

September 18, 2009

“The many sensory inputs we experience when we’re in a space influence our psychological response to it. Each of those sights, smells, sounds, and tactile sensations is an opportunity to create a space in which people thrive.” – Sally Augustine

This exercise will allow you to put your sensory knowledge to the test. Use your imagination to develop either a new product to be used in a space or an actual inhabitable space that appeals to your senses. This would be a great opportunity to contemplate your studio project (if you are in taking a design studio this semester) and add another dimension to one aspect of your project. It can be realistic or a fantasy – you decide.


03: Spatial Forensics

September 18, 2009

In the first part of this assignment you exercised two forms of environmental cognition. You performed both spatial cognition (thinking of a space and how the various elements of that space relate to one another) and non-spatial cognition (the remembrance of places and how we feel about them). This activity involved your memory of a space which may be different than the reality of the space.

You are not a camera! It is a fact that we do not process information about environments the way cameras do. So, for the second part of this assignment, turn the “thinking” part of your brain off and focus on the facts. Just as a forensic scientist might survey a crime scene, go to the space you selected and document the space in as much detail as possible (analyzing size, shape, layout, furnishings, color, finishes, light type/level, behaviors/activities present, sound levels, temperature, etc.).

02: Sixteen Basic Motives

September 6, 2009

This exercise examines the Theory of 16 Basic Desires or Motives put forward by Steven Reiss and their relationship to the physical, built environment. According to Reiss, “Motives are reasons people hold for initiating and performing voluntary behavior. They indicate the meaning of human behavior, and they may reveal a person’s values. Motives often affect a person’s perception, cognition, emotion, and behavior.” This can be taken one step further as suggested by Sally Augustine in Place Advantage to say that they may also affect a person’s physical surroundings – consciously or unconsciously. In this exercise you will illustrate to the class how built environments are often the physical manifestations of one or more of the defined 16 motives.

01: Movie Set

August 27, 2009

This exercise examines how Hollywood uses the environment as a nonverbal character.  Many may view the backdrop for a movie set as secondary, but set design can be as crucial to a movie’s success as casting the best fitting actor for the leading role.  The scenery and how the actors engage with their environment can contribute added depth to the film’s overall effect.