Interactive public "art-chitecture": engaging the city and its inhabitants

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Adriana Isaac Lara (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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C. Tommy Lambeth

Abstract: The era of technology, media and consumerism that exists in contemporary cities has diminished the opportunities to offer society direct encounters and personal dialogues with the urban realm. This has caused the visual sense to predominate over the rest of our senses, turning society into pure spectators in the city. Taste, sight, smell, sounds, touch and balance are all senses that need to be ordered, translated and processed by perception at the time we confront a place. The architectural space should be perceived with all senses in the emotional experience of it. Architectural Categories, such as shadows, lights, colors, textures, and materials, that complement architectural form, should be combined in the space for the purpose of impacting the perceptual process in humans and transcending their memory. Supporting the idea of a tactile rather than a visual city, this thesis attempts to analyze form and architectural categories to materialize a temporal "Art-chitectural" urban object adaptable to a variety of public situations. The exploration seeks to offer citizens different ways to perceive and experience urban spaces, while encouraging social participation and interaction through sensations, contemplation and physical engagement. The "Art-chitectural" object has been developed and tested through digital imaging and physical models; these evaluations confirmed the endless applications and basis for actual materialization.

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Language: English
Date: 2010
Architecture $x Aesthetics.
Public art.
City planning.

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