Sensory Architecture:
Applying a Holistic Approach to Design

Jul 11 2016
2:00 pm
CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
1250 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Tickets are $10 each

Sensory Architecture:
Applying a Holistic Approach to Design

Architecture, Interior Design, Design Thinking
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Many years ago, Borges, speaking of poetry, observed that if “the flavor of the apple … lies in the contact of the fruit with the palate, not the fruit itself, in a similar way … the poetry of the poem lies in the encounter between the poetic composition and the reader, not in the lines of symbols printed on the pages of a book. What is essential is the aesthetic act, the excitement, the almost physical emotion that occurs at reading.” This is the lesson that the Finnish architect Pallasmaa Juhani picked up and postulated for architecture, too, in a well-known essay that has become a genuine manifesto of architecture of the senses as a response to the supremacy of the eye and the dictatorship of ocularcentrism.

What we are talking about is not a new architectural language, but a new attitude and a new focus on design. Micheli is always looking for the aesthetic act, the excitement, the almost physical emotion that Borges, the poet, understood well and that is shared by all the arts in their fulfillment.

In this session, you will:
● Hear from renowned international architect Simone Micheli how not just sight or touch, but also hearing, smell and the perception of time become design themes.
● Understand the enormous potential of a sensory and experiential approach.
● Find out how new sensory and experiential architecture can serve as a point of contact, representing a successful synthesis of creativity at the service of humanity and economics at the service of business.

Simone Micheli founded his Studio in 1990 and in 2003 the Simone Micheli Architectural Hero Company, based in Florence, Milan, and Dubai. He is the curator of many thematic exhibitions in the most important international fairs. Many of his works are realized for public administration and for important private clients linked with the residential world. He has won dozens of national and international awards and is a professor at Poli.Design and at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan. His professional activity moves towards different directions: from architecture to interior design, from visual design to communication; his eco-friendly and nature-oriented creations are characterized by strong identity and uniqueness.