Thesis Info

Thesis Title
Felt_Space infrastructure: Hyper vigilant spatiality to valence the visceral dimension.
Dr Mathew Henry Emmett
2nd Author
3rd Author
Doctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages
Plymouth University UK
Thesis Supervisor
Martin Woolner
Supervisor e-mail
mwoolner AT
Other Supervisor(s)
Dr John Matthias & Charles Jencks
Language(s) of Thesis
Department / Discipline
Architecture & Situated Cognition
Languages Familiar to Author
URL where full thesis can be found
Experimental architecture, situated cognition, perception, visceral space, coefficient of affordance, inference schema, cognitive tope mapping, affect, ordination, sensory space, performative, raumfindung, trigger event, eye tracking & bio feedback.
Abstract: 200-500 words
This thesis evolves perception as a hypothesis to reframe architectural praxis negotiated through agent-situation interaction. The research questions the geometric principles of architectural ordination to originate the ‘felt_space infrastructure’, a relational system of measurement concerned with the role of perception in mediating sensory space and the cognised environment. The methodological model for this research fuses perception and environmental stimuli, into a consistent generative process that penetrates the inner essence of space, to reveal the visceral parameter. These concepts are applied to develop a ‘coefficient of affordance’ typology, ‘hypervigilant’ tool set, and ‘cognitive_tope’ design methodology. Thus, by extending the architectural platform to consider perception as a design parameter, the thesis interprets the ‘inference schema’ as an instructional model to coordinate the acquisition of spatial reality through tensional and counter-tensional feedback dynamics. Three site-responsive case studies are used to advance the thesis. The first case study is descriptive and develops a typology of situated cognition to extend the ‘granularity’ of perceptual sensitisation (i.e. a fine-grained means of perceiving space). The second project is relational and questions how mapping can coordinate perceptual, cognitive and associative attention, as a ‘multi-webbed vector field’ comprised of attractors and deformations within a viewer-centred gravitational space. The third case study is causal, and demonstrates how a transactional-biased schema can generate, amplify and attenuate perceptual misalignment, thus triggering a visceral niche. The significance of the research is that it progresses generative perception as an additional variable for spatial practice, and promotes transactional methodologies to gain enhanced modes of spatial acuity to extend the repertoire of architectural practice.