Abstract (Summary)The purpose of this paper is to investigate how our sense of smell, touch and hearing affect our experience of space. In order to study this I have both read and talked with individuals in the blind community, as well as blindfold myself, to gain insight into the world of the blind. I found that the other senses contribute a great deal to our sense of space. Although smell and hearing are more vague than vision and touch, the most concrete of the senses, they all seem to contribute to the overall impression of a space. The “other” senses seem to address the intuitive feels or impressions we form about space. For instance some spaces feel comfortable and we could spend hours in them, while others make us agitated or nervous. Thus architecture is not just a visual art, but a dynamic experience that must be designed taking all avenues of experience into consideration.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:blind smell touch sound
Date of Publication:01/01/2002