Somatics for Architecture and Landscape (2020-2021) 

The University Degree in Somatics for Architecture and Landscape enters a new era.

Its two subjects (Laboratory of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape I- LSAAP I- and Laboratory of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape II- LSAAP II) re-invent their format and you can attend them according to two different modalities:

– Intensive on-site attendance:

“Laboratory I” will be developed throughout ONE WEEK intensively at the beginning of the year 2021, in JANUARY.

The “Laboratory II” will be developed throughout ONE WEEK intensively at the beginning of the summer of 2021, in JUNE.

– Remote / On-line:

 “Laboratory I” and “Laboratory II” will be held on TUESDAY from 19:00 to 21:00 (Spanish time).

Synchronous online sessions will be combined with remote, synchronous outdoor sessions, but not necessarily online.

The starting date for “Laboratory I” is October 20, 2020 and will end on February 9, 2021.

The starting date for “Laboratory II” is March 2 (2021) and will end on June 1 (2021).



The program is structured in five blocks:




Cognitive Maps

“Ecological Self”



We are Planetary Matter

Fascia and Tensegrity, Biomechanics

Systems Life and Death

Interspecies relations



Social and Political Body

Sensory Image

Sensory Systems

Synaesthesia and other Overlaps



Theories of Imagination

Utopia as a Method

Imagination and Politics

Radical Imagination



Antecedents of Somatics in Architecture and Landscape

Pedagogy and Laboratories

Situated Cognition

Extended Cognition




October the 27th/ November the 17th/ December the 15th/ January the 19th 2020-2021: María Ruíz Villar

November the 10th 2020: Jaime Polanco

December the 1st 2020: Robert Schleip

February the 2nd 2021: Chistopher Habegger

February the 9th 2021: Emanuele Coccia



20 October: Start. Embodied and Situated Cognition. Learning. Yves Klein as case study. Learning from the flesh.// ATM: Arm frame: Connecting the two girdles, thinking in action.

27 October: Embodied Debate 1 (María Ruíz Villar). Text: Jacques Lecoq “El cuerpo poético”

3 November: Living Systems. Water. From Halprin to Olalquiaga. // ATM: From bell hand to swimming.

10 November: GUEST Jaime Polanco. (living systems-skeleton)

17 November: Embodied Debate 2 (María Ruíz Villar). Text: Emanuele Coccia “Métamorphoses”

24 November: Imagination and Politics. Castoriadis, Mangabeira Unger, Haraway, Braidotti, Preciado, Hester and Johnson. // ATM: Circles with a pencil in the head. 

1 December: GUEST Robert Schleip (living systems – fascia)

15 December: Embodied Debate 3 (María Ruíz Villar). Text: Josep Rafanell i Orra “Fragmentar el Mundo”

12 January: Space Navigation. From Lines to Dizziness. // ATM: Intro to walk.

19 January: Embodied Debate 4 (María Ruíz Villar). Text: Erin Manning “The Elaticity of the Almost”

26 January: Anthropology of the Senses. Synesthesia. Somatic Ethnography. // ATM: Painting the left side.

2 February: GUEST Christoph Habegger (anthropology of the senses – acoustic space – voice)

9 February: GUEST Emanuele Coccia (Metamorphosis. Living Systems. Imagination)




March the 9th/ March the 23rd/ April the 20th/ May the 11th 2021: María Ruíz Villar

April/May 2021: La Ribot (POSTPONED we will give you soon a new date)

April the 27th 2021: Erin Manning

May the 11th 2021: Marie Bardet



2 March: Embodied cognition. Somatics from Philosophy. // ATM: Pelvic clock with eyes and planes.

9 March: Embodied debate 1 (María Ruíz Villar). Texts: Arnold Berleant “The Aesthetics of the Environment” // Ben Spatz “What a body can do”

16 March: Living systems. Biocentrism in history. // ATM: Lengthening one side- Look inside.

23 March: Embodied debate 2 (María Ruíz Villar). Texts: R.H. Francé “La maravillosa vida de las plantas” and “Plants as inventors” // Jakob von Uexküll “A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans”)

6 April: Spatial navigation. Space as Membrane. // ATM: Seesaw breathing.

13 April: Embodied debate 3 (María Ruíz Villar). Texts: Susan Kozel “Closer. Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology” // William Forsythe “Choreographic Objects”)

20 April: Anthropology of the senses. Visual perception and atmosphere. Artificiality. // ATM: Body mechanical ornaments. Pretzel arms.

27 April: Session with GUEST- Erin Manning.

4 May: Embodied debate 4 (María Ruíz Villar) Texts: Manuel DeLanda “Nonorganic Life” // Paul Rabinow “Artificiality and Enlightenment”)

 11 May: Session with GUEST – Marie Bardet.

18 May: Imagination. 5 theories of imagination I. – Poetic imagination; Imagination and invention; Imagination and the perceptual cycle; Embodied imagination; Motor imagery, body image and body schema. // ATM: Small and Tall. Alice.

 25 May: Imagination. 5 theories of imagination II.- An epilogue: Death, eroticism and living systems. // ATM: The primitive movements.

1 June: Final debate with active participation and projects by participants.


If you want to know the development of LSAAP in previous years you can see it here.

Somatics for Architecture and Landscape grants a total of 6 ECTS credits.

For registration you just have to send an email to the following address and we will give you all the instructions:

This Title is granted by the Institute of Technology of the USP-CEU and is associated with its Faculty of Architecture, but to study it, it is not necessary to have any previous degree or to be studying Architecture; we are open to multidisciplinary profiles.

Our program also has an agreement with the Feldenkrais Institute.

YOU ARE ALL WELCOME! And you are invited to try a session without any further compromise: just let us know and visit us!!

* Depending on the profile of the participants, LSAAP will be taught in Spanish, English or bilingual format.

If you want to read our full dossier you can do it here:


LSAAP is directed by María Auxiliadora Gálvez.

The embodied debates are produced and directed by María Ruíz Villar.

The production of LSAAP is possible thanks to the support of María Ruíz Villar and the collaboration of Georgina Morello Rinaldi.