We Are All Able Bodies: From Sensory Deprivation to Sensory Augmentation

A trans-disciplinary workshop/seminar organised in a partnership between the Institute of Technology Faculty of Architecture, San Pablo CEU University Madrid/ Spain and the School of Architecture, University of Reading/UK, with the support from the International Ambiances Network.

By focusing on the intertwinement between sensory perception, affect and aesthetic practices, this two-day workshop/seminar aims to bring into dialogue researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines to re-examine potentials and limitations of bodies experiencing sensory realm. Our research question explores how our bodily abilities can inform design and how design can have either an intensifying or diminishing effect on our sensory abilities. We want to think of sensory perception otherwise, developing new ways of moving towards the understanding of disability as ableness. In doing so, we want to exchange experiences, skills and knowledge, addressing diverse ways of creating inclusive environments that operate beyond what we can or cannot perceive, providing a possibility for action and interaction for All Bodies.

The event is structured by the following lines of research:

> sensorial intensities and atmospheric thresholds

> sensory viewpoints of movement and spatial navigation

> somatic agencies and the ambiances of space

> the performative turn of sensory systems

> practices and communication of the multi-sensory experience in space and time

> active thermo-dynamics and physiological interrelations

> role of imaginaries in landscape and architecture

> bodily awareness and environment


/// Keynote addresses by Susan Kozel, Rachel Thomas and Jone San Martin /// Event’s Schedule | 16th – 17th November 2018 > Download full program and details pdf


/// Chairs | Dr Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez (EPS USP-CEU), Dr Carolina Vasilikou (UoR) & Dr Izabela Wieczorek (UoR)