Arts and Culture
The ubiquity of change and movement in contemporary urban landscape exceeds present cognitive and sensitive abilities of our species. Sensorial hyper-stimulation usually translates into a form of blasé (1) attitude, however the multiplication of urban rhythms also provides for the capacity to develop new perceptive skills such as increased coordination, synchronization and punctuality (2) .
To further explore this embodied potential within an architectural context this paper introduces Japanese ‘Movement Space’ (3) as potential learning ground for contemporary architecture practice. This specific architectural configuration show alternative movement patterns to traditional (western) geometric architectural configuration. By means of movement forms, like for example zig-zagging floorplans and spiraling sections ‘Movement Space’ catalyzes open-ended actions that inform both the design process and enact (alternative) social-environmental interaction.
Because of its embodied nature this paper is, if the conference context allows for it, accompanied with a spatial installation. In the context of scholarship by exhibition design an abstract interpretation of the Tei'gyoku-ken garden and tea house in Kyoto, Japan is presented.
(1) Simmel, G. (1950). The Metropolis and Mental Life. In D. W. from K. Wolff (Trans.), The Sociology of Georg Simmel (Originally published in 1903, pp. 409–424). New York: Free Press.
(2)During, E. (2010) ‘Loose Coexistence: Technologies of Attention in the Age of the Post-Metropolis’, in Cognitive Architecture: From Biopolitics to Noopolitics. Architecture & Mind in the Age of Communication & Information ed. by Deborah Hauptman et al. Rotterdam: 010 Publishers.
(3) Inoue, M (1985) Space in Japanese Architecture. New York, Tokyo, Weatherhill.