Program

PROGRAM AND ROSTER OF SPEAKERS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

July 21-28

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN

Santiago de Compostela will be our first location, where we will pursue two themes:

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July 29 - Aug 4

PORTO, PORTUGAL

Porto will be our second location. Here we will engage the following themes:

August 3 - 4

The architectural profession needs to bring the full-blooded human being into its very core. In Santiago de Compostela we will face this challenge using a new perspective that emerges in the rapidly evolving collaboration between architecture and human sciences such as cognitive science, psychology and neuroscience, among others. These disciplines have developed notions of the person and the environment that are starkly different from one another, using first-person and third-person perspectives. Designers need a framework capable of integrating concepts and methods developed by different disciplines. On Day 1 we will begin exploring this integration in a series of lectures and discussions dedicated to the interface of natural sciences and humanities. On Day 2, we will look into how such integration can be facilitated by grounding this inquiry in the local environment: the landscape, the local culture, its history and traditions. In the workshops held during field trips on this day, we will delve into regional culture, visiting multiple works of architecture, guided by local builders, artists, and craftsmen. On Day 3, we will attempt to synthesize this knowledge by exploring how different human sciences could contribute to understanding the phenomenon of place and regional culture.

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Phenomenon of Place

Friday, July 22  
 

10:00       

10:45     

11:15 

12:00

12:45

 

1:30 

2:00

4:00

8:00  

Thursday, July 21  
 

10:00       

10:45     

11:30 

12:30

 

1:00

2:00 

5:00

 

5:45

6:30 

 

8:00  

 

Coffee   

Opening remarks

A welcome note | Agrasar

Course preview by the Chairs    (Berger, Gepshtein, 15 min each)

Neuroscience and Culture of Design | Harry Mallgrave  

Respondent talks (Alberto Pérez-Gómez and Sergei Gepshtein)

Discussion

Lunch and Introductions

Local voices: Galicia: Affective and Social Dimensions of Place│Fernando Agrasar

Neuroscience of Space, Time and Memory│Kate Jeffery

ROUNDTABLE Discussion

Mallgrave, Agrasar, Jeffery, Berger, Gepshtein, Albright, rez-Gómez

Welcome Dinner    

Saturday, July 23

9:00 

9:45 

  

10:30

11:15 

 

12:15 

 

1:00 

2:00 

5:00 

 

5:45

6:30 

 

 

 

8:00 

Coffee   

Interactive session: summary and opening remarks   

Spatial polyphony in science and design │Sergei Gepshtein

Respondent talks and debate (Agrasar and Mallgrave)

Lecture by Sarah Williams Goldhagen

Discussion

Lunch

Phenomenology of place│Jeff Malpas

Space and place in multisensory design│Juhani Pallasmaa  

ROUNDTABLE Discussion

Gepshtein, Robinson, Pérez-Gómez, Mallgrave,

PallasmaaMalpasGoldhagen,  Agrasar

Dinner    

 

Coffee   

workshop Introduction: Berger, Gepshtein

Lecture by Rick Joy

Discussion, break

Alvar Aalto and The Persistence of Duality│Kurt Hunker

Discussion

Lunch

Field trip and workshop

Works by Gallego

Works by Siza

Stone Workshop    

Dinner    

In the Shade

Dynamics of Experience

Sunday, July 24

 

Free Day St. James's Day Festivities, fireworks in front of the Cathedral     

Monday, July 25

10:00 

10:45

11:30

12:45 

2:00 

5:00

5:45

   

6:30 

 

 

8:00 

Coffee   

Introduction: Local host, Berger, Gepshtein

In Quest of Attuned Architectural Atmospheres: Contributions of Cognitive Theory and Neurophenomenology│Alberto Pérez-Gómez

Discussion

Lunch and Bagpipe Concert   

Cognition: enacted, embodied, extended│David Kirsh

Sentir el paisaje: Conocer el paisaje│Ruth Varela  

ROUNDTABLE Discussion

rez-Gómez, Malpas, Berger, VarelaGalleseGepshtein, Kirsh

Dinner

Tuesday, July 26

 

10:00  

10:45

11:15

12:00 

12:45

 

 

1:30 

2:00 

4:00

 

8:00 

Coffee   

Workshop Introduction: Berger, Gepshtein

Lecture TBD

Discussion, break

CGAC and Bonaval Park by Alvaro Siza│Fernando Agrasar and Tatiana Berger

Discussion

Lunch

Field trip and Workshop│Siza, Gallego, Hejduk 

Iron Workshop    

Dinner   

Wednesday, July 27

 

12:30

2:00 

5:00 

5:45

6:30

8:00 

Sketching lesson: Oscar Fuertes

Lunch

Lecture by | Thomas D.Albright  

Creating memory by movement | Eduardo Macagno

ROUNDTABLE Discussion: Albright, Macagno, Fuertes, Berger, Gepshtein, Robinson  

Dinner

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

July 24-27

Santiago de Compostela is a destination of pilgrimage. The St.James’ Day (Apostolo) is the most important local holiday of the year, when pilgrims arrive at the Catedral Basilica de Santiago de Compostela. This context will help us to frame our theme of dynamics of experience. Day 4 is a free day. On Day 5, we will continue investigating the theme of experience of place through several lenses, in particular those of phenomenology and neuroscience of perception by a moving person. We will study how places shape one’s behavior and how experiences arise in the interaction of sensory and motor systems of the person. On Day 6 we will hold workshops in which we will study the experience of movement and analyze several works of local architecture, including the Galician Museum of Contemporary Art, Bonaval Park, and the School of Journalism by Alvaro Siza. On Day 7, we will continue exploring the city of Santiago de Compostela. Walking its medieval streets we will study how physical objects can facilitate thinking and imagination: the notion called extended mind. This day and our visit to Santiago will conclude with a roundtable discussion of how thinking about movement and time can help to develop new strategies for architectural and urban design.

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The World of Senses 

Friday, July 29         

 

10:00  

10:45

 

 

Coffee    

Welcome speech by Director of Casa da Arquitectura, Nuno Sampaio

A welcome note by Jorge Carvalho. Preview by the chairs (Berger, Gepshtein)

Engagement of the senses│ Alvaro Siza Vieira and Juhani Pallasmaa 

Respondent talks and debate (Tatiana Berger, Jorge Carvalho , Thomas AlbrightClaudia Kappl Joy, Sergei Gepshtein and Sarah Robinson)  

Discussion

Lunch   

Lecture by Claudia Kappl Joy  

Multisensory experience│Sarah Robinson  

ROUNDTABLE Discussion TBD

Dinner    

1:00  

2:00  

5:00  

5:45  

6:30  

8:00 

11:30

 

12:15  

11:00

Coffee

Abstraction and Light: Atmospheres of the Alhambra

William JR Curtis

Discussion

Architectural Design and the Enacted Mind│Mark Hewitt 

Lunch

Bus to Marco de Canaveses

Field Trip to Santa Maria church in Marco de Canaveses and

Sketching: The drawing in the architectural design process | Edite Rosa 

Dinner

Saturday, July 30       

       

9:00  

10:00 

10:45

11:15

 

12:00

12:45

1:45

8:00 

Porto

July 29-30

Porto will set the stage for concentrating our study on how the built environment engages the senses. On Day 1 we will study how urban experience is always mediated by multiple senses. We will investigate how architectural atmospheres are created by the interaction of seeing, hearing, haptics, and olfaction, and also the senses that register one’s own posture, balance, and movement. On Day 2, we will hear a lecture by the project architect, who worked in the office of Alvaro Siza on the construction of the Santa Maria Church in Marco de Canaveses and make a bus trip from Porto to experience the church.

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The venue: Casa da Arquitectura - Portuguese Centre for Architecture is the only institution exclusively dedicated to architecture that, in Portugal, preserves, treats, disseminates and promotes the authors and the national and international architectural production, associating to its growing documentary archive the aspect of cultural programming. Casa da Arquitectura has the mission to bring architecture to everyone. As part of its mission, it organizes and produces a vast programme of activities, from visits, exhibitions, conferences, debates and artistic crossings.

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Perception and Emotion

Sunday, July 31

 

9:00 

9:45

10:00 

10:45

11:15 

12:00

12:30

 

2:00 

 

 

4:00 

4:45  

6:00 

 

Coffee   

Opening remarks

Lecture by | Juhani Pallasmaa

Discussion and Questions

Lecture by | Galen Cranz

Discussion and Questions

ROUNDTABLE Discussion

Siza, Carvalho, Colombetti, Pallasmaa, rez-GómezAlbright

Lunch

Walk in the historic center of Porto 

Lecture│Rick Joy

Discussion and Preparation for Workshop

Dinner    

Monday, August 1

 

10:00 

11:00 

11:45

12:30

 

2:00 

4:00

 

6:30

 

8:00  

Coffee

Philosophical Approaches  | Giovanna Colombetti

Tuning Humans With Architecture | Davide Ruzzon   

Respondent talks and debate  (rez-Gómez, Colombetti, RuzzonPallasmaa, Mallgrave, Gepshtein)

Lunch   

Field Trip and Workshop

Serralves Museum and Gardens

Leca Swimming Pools

Boa Nova Restaurant

Sketching Lesson: Oscar Fuertes and Edite Rosa

Dinner    

Tuesday, August 2

 

10:00     Coffee 

11:00.     Dialogic Lecture by │Sergei                             Gepshtein and Harry Mallgrave

11:45       Lecture by │Tatiana Berger

12:30.     Respondent talks and debate                         (Siza, Curtis, Pallasmaa, Pérez-                     Gómez, Berger, Gepshtein)

2:00        Lunch and Port Wine Tasting

5:00        Coming back to

                  Architecture│Alberto Pérez-                        Gómez

6:00        Roundtable Discussion

                  Siza, PallasmaaPérez-                                     Gómez, Berger, Colombetti,                          Joy, Gepshtein, Mallgrave, Kirsh

8:00        Farewell Dinner and Fado

 

Porto

July 31 - Aug 2

The concept of architectural atmosphere blends sensory and emotive aspects of experience. Having explored the sensory side of atmosphere in previous days, now we will concentrate on the emotive side. On Day 3 in Porto, we will study the intricate relationship between emotions and cognitive faculties, and how this relationship is fundamental to experiencing architecture. This study will take us to investigate how insights from the objective, third-person perspective of the sciences can be integrated into design. On Day 4 Alvaro Siza will give a lecture about his work, followed by a field trip to several of his built projects including the Serralves Museum of Art, Boa Nova Restaurant, and the Swimming Pools in Leça da Palmeira. We will hold a workshop dedicated to the analysis of sensory and emotive aspects of Siza’s architecture. We will also continue our exploration of how architectural atmosphere can be captured by different methods of architectural representation. In the morning of Day 5 we will study how emotive aspects of experience are incorporated in the process of architectural representation and design.  In the afternoon, we will bring together many ideas that will have emerged from this journey, and will collectively imagine the tools and strategies arising from the collaboration between architecture and human sciences. The day will conclude by a farewell dinner with fado music.

Tours 

August 3 - 4​​

Experiencing Modern Architecture

 

Work of Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura in Porto, Matosinhos,

Leça da Palmeira

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Santiago de Compostela
to Porto

Thursday, July 28   

 

9 am.       Bus leaves Santiago de                           Compostela

10 am       Visit Ría de Pontevedra

1 pm         Lunch in Ponte de Lima,                        Portugal

3:30 pm Guided tour of Viana do                          Castelo Public Library                                  (work by Siza)

5 pm         Coffee in Viana do Castelo

6:30 pm Guided tour of Braga                                Stadium (work by Souto                          de Moura)

8:30 pm Arrive in Porto 

 
 
 
 
 
 

This unprecedented traveling course will offer a series of masterclasses, lectures, immersive workshops and field trips, in which we will explore a new perspective that has been emerging from the rapidly evolving collaboration between architecture and the “natural human sciences” that include neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, psychophysics, and experimental phenomenology. On this journey, we will move across boundaries of several kinds. Some boundaries will be of a conceptual nature, separating the worlds of objective science, subjective experience, and intersubjective culture. Other boundaries will be geographic and ethnic: we will travel between the regions of Galicia in Spain and Minho in northern Portugal, immersing ourselves in local traditions in architecture, design, urban planning, language, music and cuisine. We will pursue a number of questions foundational to the future of design, such as how the built environment is experienced by human beings in real time, how the scientific method can help to develop new tools and strategies for design, and how scientific results contribute to theory and practice of design. We will also explore the importance of regional culture and identity in the making and experiencing of architecture. Every participant will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the Course.

“The elements of architecture are not visual units or gestalt; they are encounters, confrontations that interact with memory.”

- Juhani Pallasmaa, The Eyes of the Skin

 
 

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

July 21-23