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Title: Experiencing architecture : the human perception of a space
Authors: Cassar, Marie (2013)
Keywords: Architecture -- Malta
Art and architecture -- Malta
Space (Architecture) -- Malta
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Cassar, M. (2013). Experiencing architecture : the human perception of a space (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: Architecture is an element or a form of space that constantly and continuously connects people, creating a relation between a particular space and its user. Whilst an individual needs to communicate with a space, a space should evoke a physical, psychological and an emotional human response. Architecture surrounds us, however it depends on each and every individual's point of view towards explaining such a vast and vague topic. Different opinions exist towards defining what 'real architecture' actually is, hence the different types of existing buildings that surround us in the world that we are actually living in. Temporary structures, installations, art, spaces... these all generate a certain feeling in an individual once experienced, evoking a sense of serenity, confusion, happiness, anger or otherwise. This study provides a focus on the analysis of particular spaces, including the works of several architects who interpret a multi-sensory approach towards architecture. Apart from researching well-known architects such as Juhani Pallasmaa, Peter Zumthor and Steven Holl, this dissertation shall mainly focus on the work of these architects in contrast with the work of Amedeo Schiattarella. Each space will be studied and interpreted in relation to the human senses, how different individuals perceive a space, both psychologically and emotionally, finding out whether the feeling and emotions one experiences when entering a space is instinctual or not. A primary objective is to find out how an individual can experience a particular space or building, what is his or her perception about that space, what feelings this space evokes on the person, and what affects his or her perception: light, colours, shadows, materials, textures and sounds. In relation to a particular architectural experience in a given space, what really affects the perception or an individual experiencing it and how does this perception vary from one individual to another? The conclusion to this dissertation was drawn after a thorough study of various research related to the human perception of space and architectural experiences. This was backed up by taking into consideration several related case studies, which were then compared and contrasted with respect to the theme being investigated throughout this dissertation.
Description: B.E.&A.(HONS)
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