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authors Flanagan, Robert
year 2001
title Sensory Deprivation: Issues of Control - Encoding Design Diagrams, Memory Engrams
source Architectural Information Management [19th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0-9523687-8-1] Helsinki (Finland) 29-31 August 2001, pp. 214-219
summary A persistent visual obsession in contemporary, digitally processed architecture instigated this design investigation. Neil Leach in The Anaesthetics of Architecture, identifies ‘aesthetic intoxication’, accompanied by a narcotic numbing effect, as a consequence of the fetishization of visual imagery. The inverse principle - sensory deprivation - completes the effect. Sensory deprivation results from miscues in the digital design process and from the intentional denial of sensory stimuli. A theater of the five sense was the design medium used to investigate sensory accountability. The issues addressed were: 1. Contextual factors of aestheticization and deprivation, particularly digital factors. 2. The effectiveness of Design Diagrams, graphic symbolic schematics, to address sensory deprivation and the anaesthetic effect. 3. The effectiveness of multi-sensory Memory Diagrams (engrams) as inhabitable Design Diagrams to address these effects. While the original intention was to study sensory accountability in digital design, the potential of multi-sensory Memory Diagrams re-centered the emphasis of this investigation.
keywords Sensory Deprivation, Memory Diagrams, Design Diagrams
series eCAADe
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