Spectrum Sensoria

Project Description

Since the Enlightenment, the introduction of new technologies have expanded the capacity of the human
senses: audio-visual devices from the camera obscura to iphones have enhanced the eye and ear while
infrastructures like plumbing and HVAC have catered to the needs of the flesh. This class will consider
the architectural consequences of these technological developments and their impact on our sensory
experience of space. Looking at this subject from a socio-historical perspective, we will consider how a
series of technical milestones transformed architecture and the human sensorium from the Enlightenment
to the Digital Age. After charting these historical developments, we will speculate about the future: how
can architects harness new technologies to craft immersive multisensory environments that engage sight,
hearing and touch?