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Multi-sensory design – creating healthier public spaces

Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) Network.

Thursday, 8 December 2016 from 16:00 to 20:00 (GMT)

Multi-sensory design – creating healthier public spaces

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"The city is an assault on the senses… By diminishing our sensory landscape we approach the world and its opportunities within a narrow perspective.”

Charles Landry, The Sensory Landscape of Cities


8 December 2016

Central Saint Martins, London


Event Chair: Charles Landry

Join us for the final event in our Feeling good in public spaces dialogue series. We’ll explore how multi-sensory design approaches can improve city dwellers’ experiences in urban public spaces – their form, morphology, aesthetics and materials. By providing a sensory journey from start to finish, we aim to challenge and perhaps change conventional approaches to placemaking. The first 50 registered delegates that arrive will receive a free copy of Charles’ book, “The Sensory Landscape” which he will be available to sign during the multisensory experience once doors open at 4pm.

The Feeling good in public spaces series was devised by the Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) network and the Feeling Good Foundation to encourage consideration of how people’s senses can be affected by the design of public spaces and building frontages.

Throughout the series we've examined how climate change or climate disruption could present challenges for these experiences, and how developments in technology and knowledge could help improve urban resilience.

Speakers and participants are encouraged to think about:

  • How do occupants’ sensory systems react with their surrounding environment?
  • What are the implications of this for sustainable, healthy and adaptive place-making?
  • What are the barriers to incorporating this research into current place-making practices?
  • How can design schemes pay attention to sensory information?
  • How can designing with senses in mind improve cities’ and occupants’ capacity to adapt to the changing climate?
  • How can the evidence be converted to practical tools and methods for urban planning and design practitioners?
  • What are the next steps?

Event outline

16:00 Registration and a multi-sensory journey

Delegates will be taken on a sensory journey, revisiting highlights and learning points from previous events, have a chance to see first-hand, and discuss with researchers, emerging research findings with relevance to city planning.  Delegates will be provided with much needed sustenance by Flavour SenseNation so that they are fully energised for the evening’s programme. There will be a special feature event prior to the Chair’s welcome so do ensure you come and experience this part of the event before the talks start. 

The journey will feature The Feelies which is a project that melds theatre, perception psychology and human–computer interaction research to explore storytelling beyond the audiovisual. Created by Grace Boyle, with sound design by Saulo Jamariqueli and perfumes by Nadjib Achaibou, the afternoon's performance of a multisensory Frankenstein will feature the SubPac, a physical audio technology that transfers low frequencies directly into your body.  The Feelies' mission is to develop multisensory storytelling as a tool for messages and empathy to the level of sophistication that we currently enjoy with music, photographs, and the written word.

17.15 Transition presentations

17:30 Chair’s welcome 

17:45 Defining multi-sensory design 

Panel of event series chairs’ perspectives on what multi-sensory design and a chance for all to share their thoughts on what it is and its use in day to day practice.

18:10 Technical talks

The psychology of multi-sensory experience, research and examples from practice:

  • Housing interventions, perceptions, and the quality of the neighbourhood environment - Professor Wouter Poortinga, University of Cardiff
  • How adaptive sensory environments expand human potential - Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture ® Academy and Author of Adaptive Sensory Environments
  • Spaces for people – exploring a map of gaps -  Alastair Somerville, Sensory design consultant
  • Sensecapes as ‘brush strokes’ of an urban canvas - Alexandra Gomes, University College London
  • The Flourish Model: an example of a multi-sensory conceptual approach to design - Professor Emeritus, Derek Clements-Croome
  • Knowledge frontiers in the creation and design of healthier public spaces Briony Turner, Knowledge Exchange Manager for the ARCC network 

19:10 Chaired dialogue session

A discussion on the implications of using the evidence presented and taking a multi-sensory approach to public realm design. How do we encourage designers to consider the political and social dimensions of architecture, engineering and urban design, aliog with collaborative and participatory approaches to design and the notion of social spatial justice?

Delegates will be invited to consider how to mainstream the idea of high-quality design through thinking about how humans interact in a sensory manner with the built environment.

20:00 Chair closes formal proceedings, sensory experience reopens with replenished nibbles and drinks. 

21:30 Event closes 

Do you have questions about Multi-sensory design – creating healthier public spaces? Contact Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) Network.

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When & Where

LVMH Lecture Theatre, Central Saint Martins
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
N1C 4AA London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 8 December 2016 from 16:00 to 20:00 (GMT)

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Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) Network.

The ARCC network provides evidence and shares knowledge to better inform policy and practice. We bring together researchers and stakeholders involved in adaptation to technological, social and environmental change in the built environment and infrastructure sectors. The ARCC network is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

For further information, please contact Dr Vicky Hayman,

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