Author Archives: Valerie Mace

DRS2016 Smellwalk Brighton workshop

This workshop, also at the Design Research Society conference, was in part organised by Kate McLean, PhD candidate at the RCA (there were 3 activities, each organised by a different person). Kate’s fantastic work focuses on mapping our sensory experiences … Continue reading

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DRS2016 Sensory Experiences workshop

  In June I attended the Design Research Society Conference in Brighton. Four fantastic days of workshops and talks on design research (of course). Two workshops were especially interesting for me because highly relevant to my research on sensory experiences. This … Continue reading

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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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