Sometimes the universe aligns.
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This past week, Mr. Not So Curious and I have attended a charette as part of the planning process that Antioch College (my alma mater) is engaged in to develop property that it owns. For those of you who don’t know what a charette is, it is an architectural term for an intense period of planning. This one, really was intense (and I think will result in some amazing things.)
One of the people involved in the charette was Christian Sottile, AIA, Dean of the School of Building Arts at SCAD Savannah (Savannah College of Art and Design). We talked briefly and he mentioned his interest in the neuroscience of architecture. Well, it turns out, I am also interested in the neuroscience of architecture (or more specifically, the perception of “taste” in design)! I blogged about neuroscience and aesthetics in January 2014.
Bruno Faust was a German architect in the 19l0’s to 1930’s. He was Jewish, so he left Germany in 1936. Before he left he designed some amazing spaces. The one below is still in Berlin and is a UNESCO Cultural site. His architecture was influenced by the English Garden City Movement. And the Garden City Movement was the influence behind Sunnyside Gardens, where I lived for over 10 years.
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The philosophy behind the Garden City Movement was “humane functionalism” something that still resonates today and is definitely reflected in the design of Sunnyside Gardens.
I just LOVE it when these things all come together.
And it goes on. Christian also told me about a Finnish Architect, Juhani Pallasmaa. I googled him and found a fascinating short book that he authored called, The Eye of the Skin. What an intriguing title.
It is relatively dense and complex and I am still reading it. But it relates back to how we experience architecture.
More to come. Keep following.