Author Archives: Valerie Mace

A phenomenological approach to primary research in Spatial Design

This case study advocates a phenomenological approach to site-specific documentation and evaluation, placing human psychological needs and lived experiences at the centre of Spatial Design education. The project, with 2nd year students from the BA (Hons) Spatial Design course at … Continue reading

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Inhabiting the Transition Space

I recently ran a project with the 2nd year BA (Hons) Spatial Design at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) where, in collaboration with South West Trains in Wimbledon station, students were asked to re-examine the way people … Continue reading

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Sensing the Urban Interior

I presented her paper  ‘Sensing the Urban Environment’ at the [in]arch 2014 International Conference that took place at Universitas Indonesia, Department of Interior Architecture, Depok (Jakarta) on 10th and 11th September 2014, where I showcased techniques I developed to document sensory experiences in interior environments, to … Continue reading

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Performing the environment: the perceptual voice of the interior

Beyond situations that have been experienced, discover situations that have been dreamed” Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space (1958: 29)   INTRODUCTION This project investigates the creation of an immersive experience in the abandoned interior of  Poplar Baths, in Poplar, … Continue reading

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Mémoires d’espaces

Juhani Pallasmaa – Retinal Architecture and the Loss of Plasticity ‘The architecture of our time is turning into the retinal art of the eye. Architecture at large has become an art of the printed image fixed by the hurried eye … Continue reading

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Spaces of Memory

This short film is from a session I attended in 2011. Professor Iain Borden of the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture introducing a session on “Spaces of Memory” at the Royal Academy, London.

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Exploring mental space

“Beyond situations that have been experienced, discover situations that have been dreamed”  Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space (1958, p.29) Perceptual Motion is a short animated film created using a range of time based media techniques. The narrative highlights the … Continue reading

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Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined at the Royal Academy

This review of the exhibition is inspired by personal insights acquired during my visits complemented by information from the exhibition catalogue. Exhibition curator:  Kate Goodwin References Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined. Royal Academy publication catalogue of the exhibition, 2014. Jay Merrick ‘Doors … Continue reading

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Spatial Experience 2014 at the RCA

Following a successful talk on Spatial Experience at the Royal College of Art in 2013, I was invited again to share my research interests in this area and this time it was filmed! I introduced RCA students to environmental perceptions in … Continue reading

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Exhibition as theatre

This project is part of a case study of Medicine Now, a permanent exhibition on Biomedical science at the Wellcome Collection in Euston, London. The Wellcome Collection positions itself as a direct competitor to the Tate or the V&A so … Continue reading

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