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Generating tacit knowledge through motion: A vision on the matter of space

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This article aims to deepen our understanding of the embodied experience of space by means of observation and explorative analysis of how an individual interacts with space through movement. We focus on how architecture can be conceived by considering the embodied experience of space. We look at the level of spatial awareness and expression of the movements reached in dance. Architectural boundaries are explored by means of empirical methods. The subject experiences space, but can this embodied experience be handled and moulded by the architect, the so-called designer of spaces? Movements can be considered as expressions derived from the embodied experience in a particular space. Techniques of movement analysis were used in an attempt to capture this embodied experience through motion. Can the results of this assumption contribute to design-based architectural thinking by understanding the outcome of tacit knowledge gained from spatial visualizations? This is an ongoing research project, and thus this article describes a work in progress. The goal comprises the development of an architectural implementation with regard to the embodied experience of space in design.

Keywords: approach; embodied experience; practice-based; space; spatial cognition; spatial visualizations; tacit knowledge

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Sint-Lucas school of Architecture and Catholic University of Leuven 2: Ghent University

Publication date: 2012-10-26

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