CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Introducing a basis for design that transcends fixed notions of style and
emerging technologies, this book emphasizes feeling, moving and the
experiential. Since the book's initial publication in 2000, architects and
writers have been drawn to a more sensory approach to architecture. But there
is still a need to encourage and to illustrate the pursuit of design, not as a
project, imposing preconceived ideas upon a situation, but as a process
evolving from the inside - from movement, sensation, surroundings and a
dialogue between architect and client. The authors describe such an approach
that places human life, experience and materiality at the centre of design and
that seeks out opportunities for discovery, growth and transformation.
Karen A. Franck is an environmental psychologist who has taught for many years
in the New Jersey School of Architecture. R. Bianca Lepori is a practicing
architect in Italy with many years of experience in designing houses and
maternity health care facilities.
Praise for the first edition:
Franck and Lepori believe [architecture] should be more alive and take its
character from the human body. When similarly designed from the inside out,
rather than being austere and devoid of sensibilities, buildings would offer
spatial sensations that connect with people.
Beverly Russell, Executive Director, Archeworks
The authors use...contemporary lenses as phenomenology and feminism to guide
us on our journey through buildings. They trace the haptic qualities of
architecture back through the design process with both daring and documentation.
Deborah Gans, Architect and Associate Professor, Pratt Institute
This book should be required reading for all architectural and design students
as well as for all those individuals who are responsible for making decisions
that influence our built environment.
Wayne Ruga, Founder, Symposium on Healthcare Design and the Center for Health