Student: Simon McKenzie
Instructor: David Theodore
Studio: Arch 673
Year/Term: Winter 2016
This thesis is an examination of the moving body and how we experience architecture through durée; with time and motion being critical elements. The ambition is to create an architecture that generates a profound haptic and kinesthetic experience between ourselves and the physical world; To focus not on how we should, but rather how we can move through and interact with a building; looking less at pure efficiency and more at the possibility and expressivity of our movement in a physical space.
While it has been proven in recent years by medical and neurological sciences that daily physical exertion has direct and positive benefits for the function of the mind, an investigation into the moving body can also shed light on greater ontological questions. In the renaissance, man looked at the body as a means to better understand the universe in which he lived. This thesis, on more abstract terms, seeks to position ourselves (and our architecture) between the mutable and temporal boundaries that govern our existence; To connect the human body with the built environment in a highly sensorial, playful, yet meaningful way.