How Architecture Is Experienced Through The Bodily Senses Focused On The Sense Of Smell

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This paper will explore how architecture is experienced through the bodily senses focusing on the sense of smell. How this seemingly unrelated sense to the building environment can effect the way an individual experiences space. This will be managed by firstly exploring the philosophical tradition of phenomenology, so as to create an adequate theoretical background. More specifically, it will follow the historical development of this philosophical movement to understand how it affected architecture and the production of meaning in architectural thinking. Then it will turn towards the senses, emphasizing on the sense of smell and how it can affect the way we experience places.

Phenomenology in architecture

“The discipline of phenomenology may be defined initially as the study of structures of experience, or consciousness. Literally, phenomenology is the study of “phenomena”: appearances of things, or things as they appear in our experience, or the ways we experience things, thus the meanings things have in our experience.”

The word phenomenology is described in the Oxford dictionary as the science of phenomena as distinct from that of the nature of being, it is a word that describes something simple and deep. It emphasizes on the experience of phenomena in order to extract the fundamental characteristics of the process of experience and the ontology of our experiences. As the Greek etymology of the word signifies, phenomenology is engaged with phenomena and…

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