2018 Calendar

Tue, May 29, 2018
6:30 - 8:30 pm

OWA EVENT: Somatic Design: How the Body Makes Marks: Toward a Somatic Shift in Architecture

Galen Cranz, Professor of Architecture, UC Berkeley
Chelsea Rushton, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley, Wurster Hall, Rm. 172 at Bancroft & College

How can drawing from different layers of the brain affect the design process in architecture? How might built environments, and users’ experiences of them, change when architects design with and for the whole body?

Join Galen Cranz and Chelsea Rushton for an evening of live drawing to explore how different brain states can affect drawing and design processes in architecture. Together, we will discuss incompatibilities of contemporary architectural elements on our bodies, engage in a somatic exercise to expand awareness of the body and its intelligence, and utilize somatic awareness in drawing practice to re-vision conventional elements of the built environment in ways that more fully accommodate our physical selves.

This workshop is informed by Cranz’s published research on drawing and somatic experience (JAPR Winter 2014) and the recent exhibition, curated by Rushton in UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, of drawings Cranz has collected as research data since 2008.

Refreshments will be served.

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