The Laboratory of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape is a pedagogical and research experience that uses the sensory-motor learning in the teaching of Architecture and Landscape. LSAAP moves in the terrain delineated by the confluences between Neuroscience, Philosophy, Ecology, Biology, Architecture and Landscape. The study subjects that includes this format are referred to, at least, the following points: Introduction to nervous system; Introduction to ontogenetic and phylogenetic development; Introduction to morphogenesis of the living systems; Introduction to skeleton anatomy and its biomechanics; Introduction to the structural systems of living organisms and their comparison with other structures; Introduction to basic aspects of ecology; Introduction to history of somatic in architecture and landscape; Introduction to the relationships in between neuroscience and architecture; And introduction to embodied cognitive theories of space and imagination.
Its major innovation is the use of embodied cognition- mainly through ATM (Awareness Through Movement) lessons, of the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education. Within these lessons, the student is involved in an embodied experience where processes like motor imagery, neuroplasticity or the way the patterns of action are organized are present. In this way a sensory-motor learning is produced and added to the conventional academic learning processes. This work with the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system and the environment, makes changes in terms of proprioception and in the body image and schema of the nervous system, setting the way to integrate learning in a more holistic way.
(Listen to the interview that we made with The Somatic Toolkit together with guests like Tim Ingold, Juhani Pallasmaa or Erin Manning and Brian Massumi. You can also download the LSAAP dossier in the following pdf)