We want to move beyond thinking of architecture as an object.
Architecture is not separate from us–it is not something to be judged merely by its formal properties, its satisfaction of programmatic concerns or its performance in terms of technical parameters. We are not dismissing the importance of these factors but wish to enrich them, to understand and articulate how architecture can capture and express unseen layers of meaning and purpose.
We want to think of architecture as a verb, a mover, a shaper, an active agent in human fl ourishing. In order to appreciate the potential power of architecture we want to explore the experience of architecture, and the intimately related experience of making architecture. Turning our attention to experience requires that we listen to and consider knowledge from a full array of disciplines. Experience is multi-dimensional, multi-directional, irreducible. Experience always supercedes, fl ows over any boundary that attempts to circumscribe it.
Alessandro Gattara He pursued his doctoral degree in architecture at the University of Parma working with the neuroscientist Vittorio Gallese, with whom he contributed to the book Mind in Architecture. He is the italian translator of Harry Mallgrave’s Architecture and Embodiment.
Sarah Robinson Practiced architecture in San Francisco for nearly 20 years, she currently lives and practices in Italy. She was the founding chair of Taliesin, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and the author of Nesting: Body, Dwelling, Mind and Mind in Architecture: Neuroscience, Embodiment and the Future of Design with Juhani Pallasmaa.
Davide Ruzzon Architect, since 2016 with Lombardini22 has developed TUNED, a project focused on the application of Neurosciences to Architecture. He is the curator of TArch, and since 2017 Founder and Scientifi c Responsible of the NAAD Master at the IUAV of Venice.
Alessandro Gattara, Sarah Robinson, Davide Ruzzon | Letter from the editors.
Juhani Pallasmaa | Between Art and Science: Reality and Experience in Architecture and Olafur Eliasson’s Art.
Barbara Lamprecht | Rejecting a Cornerstone of Modernism.
Kevin Kelley Rooney | Binding Experience.
Olafur Eliasson | Knowing Feeling Acting.
Harry Francis Mallgrave | From “Object” to Experience. A Dialogue between Sarah Robinson and Vittorio Gallese
Colin Ellard | The Psychogeography of Urban Form: Building and Measuring Baukultur.
Susan Magsamen | The Power of Architecture to Impact Health, Wellbeing and Learning.
Raymond Richard Neutra | Richard Neutra and the “Why” of Phenomenology.
Sarah Robinson | John Dewey’s Body and Mind.
Elnaz Ghazi | New Horizons and New Potential for the Public Space.