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Valerie is Course Leader at the University of the Arts London (London College of Communication) where she teaches experiential spatial design practices. She is also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Her research explores multisensory practices for design to enrich relations between people and their environment with a focus on embodied experiences, emotions and wellbeing. Previous work includes investigations into architectural atmospheres, notably a project called ‘Sensing the Urban Interior’, and, more recently, a phenomenological study of transient domesticity in the urban interior published in ‘Interior Futures’. She is currently developing PhD research project, investigating the concept of personalisation as a dimension of intimacy, to explore how spaces where the sensing body becomes intimately connected to its environment can have a positive influence on people’s emotions and contribute to wellbeing.

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  1. Van Oosterwyck Dirk
    Van Oosterwyck Dirk / 5-7-2015 / ·

    dear Valerie,

    I ‘m doing a PhD in architecture at the University of Antwerp, focusing on spatial experience, both from the perspective of the user and the designer. The aim of the research is to enhance the design process by providing architects with a suitable vocabulary (words, images, …) based on a coherent theory, and by developing a tool that can help architects develop their ‘sensitivity’. This without trying to pin the experience/atmosphere down objectively or by formulating ‘design prescriptions’.

    I am very interested in the method you apply in your paper ‘sensing the urban interior’. I would like to try it out myself and with masterstudents on some buildings. And I am wondering if it could be adjusted to implement it in a design process.
    Do you have more information on the sensory flow chart and the atmospheric syntax? Any info would be welcome (theoretical background, implementation, practical concerns of recording, …) as I am struggling to develop a method or tool that provides useful information without reducing the complexity and subjectivity of a spatial experience to such an extent it evaporates.

    Kind regards,
    Dirk

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