Design and Somatic Experience: An Empirical Approach to Drawing through Experiential Anatomy

Sep 18, 2014

Experiential anatomy, somatics, and neuroscience provide the theoretical framework. This quasi-experimental research compares and contrasts 136 sets of drawings of handles and lamps produced in 7 trials after stimulating the neo-cortex with those produced after stimulating sub-cortical parts of the brain. The two different cognitive states produced predicted design differences: straight, small, two-dimensional drawings morphed into curvilinear, large, and three-dimensional drawings of the same objects. Implications for design pedagogy and the history of organic architecture are discussed.

keywords: design pedagogy, architectural pedagogy, somatics, drawing, organic design, quasi-experimental research in design

Galen Cranz (University of California-Berkeley)
Leonardo Chiesi (Università di Firenze)
Presented at: 
2014 ANFA Conference (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture

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