26-08:00-7-7 / Feelings And other slippery intangibles

Despite their pedagogic difficulty, emotions are at the core of human experience. If design has agency, and if designs really work we should speculate that emotions must be at play in them. “Liking” a built space is most certainly as…

26-08:00-7-7 / Feelings And other slippery intangibles

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Despite their pedagogic difficulty, emotions are at the core of human experience. If design has agency, and if designs really work we should speculate that emotions must be at play in them. “Liking” a built space is most certainly as critical to its success as its functional aspects. Fond remembrances, joyful experiences, delight, comfort, peace of mind, happiness and even sadness are all emotions which bring us back to spaces to use them again and again. In addition we as designers and researchers experience emotional states as we deal with critical problems. The idea presented by this conference of “running out of time” expresses the state of anxiety we feel about this specific time period and is perhaps the most important motivator of action, yet is not openly mentioned as such. Consideration of emotions as important in the study of build environments and human interaction is not yet widely in our tool-kit or discursive language.
This presentation asks how we might best recognize and harness efforts given critical energy from emotions and feelings. It proposes that a critical investigation of emotions, as a fundamental component of human experience should be allow us to design with greater agency, contribute to better solutions to design problems and create more effective relationships between people and built spaces.
This flash presentation will relate the recent considerations this author has been giving to the elevation, recognition and development of ways to use and consider our “feelings” as an aspect of solving current and future problems through design. I hope to create an awareness and as well as spark a serious consideration of emotions as an essential part of trying to increase not only the pace but the effectiveness of improving the quality of people’s live and healing the planet.

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