Rhythmic Movement

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Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture


To design a structure through human movement it is essential to analyze and understand how humans move and react in their environments. Creating an environment where as individuals move through space, space can begin to move with them, stimulating awareness of its presence and their presence within it. It is one's intent to explore architecture as an instance in which individuals interact with the physical environment to transform their spatial experiences, therefore making them more aware of their movement within space. As indicated by this theoretical approach, it is through the understanding of the influence the human body on space and the way one moves to experience space, that the idea of movement can be actively expressed in architecture. In this expression an idea of human movement will emerge. It is through architecture that one's interests in affecting the inhabitant or observer of space comes to fruition. This thesis revolves around the idea of how to create "affects" which evoke emotion through the relationship between space and movement. It is one's intent to explore the possibilities of a built environment that is capable of transforming, through its interaction with people and nature. One can then design a space/environment where technology, human experience, and environment exist in a single arrangement. For the inhabitant, architecture becomes a more substantial sensation, by means of movement through architecture. Hence, the potential of architecture generated from a dynamic perspective is to produce a fundamentally different architecture, an architecture that is meant to stimulate the interaction between movement of the human body, perception of movement, and movement of space. Normally people are not aware of the rhythms of their own body, the heart, breathing, and the senses. It is only in suffering that a particular rhythm begins to call attention to itself, altered by an illness. Understanding one's kinetic being and one's own kinetic imagination can help one to understand and discover one's own ways to work with long standing difficulties, injuries, or illnesses. This architectural design encompasses not just the structure, but also the reaction of the structure based on a subjects movements. Architecture becomes intimately involved with experience.




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