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id phd_MariadaPiedade_Ferreira
authors Ferreira, Maria da Piedade
year 2015
title Embodied Emotions: Observations and Experiments in Architecture and Corporeality
source University of Lisbon
summary This thesis is dedicated to the topic of the relationship between the Body and Architecture, in particular regarding the contemporary “embodied mind” theory. It includes a theoretical review on the topic based on the study of the different ways Architecture has followed the transformations that the views on the Body have endured throughout Western history, under the evolution and influence of different disciplines such as philosophy, technology, science, religion and art. Within this context, the thesis proposes a methodology based on performance arts, which explores the use of embodied practices in design education. Such a methodology aimed at testing how it is possible to influence users’ emotions using architectural space. The thesis argues that this can be achieved through a process of empathy between the users’ body and architectural space. To support this claim, the thesis presents a set of experiments undertaken in the context of architectural teaching. The results of such experiments were evaluated through the analysis of video and photo documentation, as well as through quantitative and qualitative data collected using emotion measurement tools and questionnaires, respectively.
keywords Embodied Mind; Empathy; Performance Art
series thesis:PhD
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