Design studio through the subtle revelations of phenomenology

Ross T. Smith*

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Architecture does not stand in isolation from its surroundings or humanity; its integration of interiority makes it valuable to our existential circumstance. In the words of Eugen Fink, phenomenology is “wonder in the face of the world.” 1 It is an attitude of subtle revelation, of sensing by doing which permeates all aspects of working toward and through design. A motivation for exploring this philosophy in teaching design studio is to combine these two synergistic and seemingly complementary modes of engagement - the “integration” of interior architecture with the “being” of phenomenology. This makes phenomenology not simply a methodology, but an approach to being of the world.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Interior Architecture Theory Reader
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781317435006
ISBN (Print)9781138911079
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


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