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

12:45

 

1:15

 

2:00 

 

5:00

5:45

6:00

 

6:30 

7:00 

 

 

8:00

 

Coffee   

Opening remarks

A welcome note | Agrasar

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

Making a Place | Harry Mallgrave  

 

Respondents:  Jeffery, Gepshtein

 

Debate: Perez-Gomez, Pallasmaa, Berger, Hunker, Agrasar

Q&A  

 

Lunch  (Note: all lunches are on ones own)

Neuroscience of Space, Time and Memory│Kate Jeffery

Respondents: Perez-Gomez, Pallasmaa

Debate: Mallgrave, Agrasar, Albright, Kirsh

Q&A

Local Voices: Atlantic Architecture: A Sesitive Approach

Fernando Agrasar  

Welcome Dinner: walk from CGAC   

Saturday, July 23

9:00 

9:45 

  

10:30

11:15 

12:00 

12:20 

1:00 

2:00

5:00

 

5:45

 

6:30 

 

6:50

7:20

 

8:00 

Coffee   

Interactive session: summary and opening remarks   

Place, Ethics, Architecture │Jeff Malpas  (remote lecture)

Can Place Attachment be Designed
Sarah Williams Goldhagen

Dialogue of Goldhagen and Malpas

Q&A

Roundtable Discussion I Albright, Gephstein, Macagno, Mallgrave

Lunch

Species of Space and Science and Design │Sergei Gepshtein

From Space to Place - Existential Experience in Architecture A │Juhani Pallasmaa  

Dialogue of Gepshtein and Pallasmaa

 Q&A

ROUNDTABLE Discussion

Berger, Pérez-GómezMacagno, Curtis

Dinner    

 

Coffee   

Workshop Introduction: Berger, Gepshtein

Human Experience and Place by Rick Joy

Discussion, break

Alvar Aalto and The Persistence of Duality│Kurt Hunker

Discussion

Lunch

Tour: CGAC and Bonaval Park

(2 hours) I Jeffery, Agrasar, Berger

Stone Workshop (2 hours)

2 groups          

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   

Embodied Cognition│David Kirsh

Architecture "from within": The body, space and the brain│Vittorio Gallese 

ROUNDTABLE Discussion

rez-Gómez, Hunker, Berger, GalleseGepshtein, Kirsh

Dinner

Tuesday, July 26

 

10:00  

10:45

11:15

 

12:00

2:00 

4:00

 

 

8:00 

Coffee   

Workshop Introduction: Berger, Gepshtein

Sentir el paisaje; Conocer el paisaje │ Ruth Varela

Discussion

Lunch

Tour: School of Media and Journalism (2 hours)

| Kirsh, Hunker

Iron Workshop (2 hours) 2 groups   Dinner   

Wednesday, July 27

 

10:00

10:45

11:30

12:30

 

 

3:00 

5:00 

 

5:45

6:00

6:30

7:00

8:00 

Coffee

Neuroscience for Architecture: Thomas Albright

Q&A and Discussion

Sketching lesson: Oscar Fuertes

supported by Berger, Hewitt, Shinberg

Lunch

Spatial navigation is an intrinsically dynamic experience | Eduardo Macagno  

RespondentsIPallasmaa, Agrasar

Debate: Berger, Curtis, Mallgrave, Pérez-Gómez

Q&A

Poem, Structure, Architecture:

Miguel Anxo Fernan Vello 

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         

 

9:00  

10:00

10:10

10:30

11:45

12:00

01:00

04:00

04:45

05:30

07:00

Coffee    

A welcome note by Jorge Carvalho. 

Preview by the chairs (Berger, Gepshtein)

A Conversation│ Alvaro Siza Vieira and Juhani Pallasmaa 

Responses by Scientists I  Thomas Albright, David Kirsh

Discussion

Lunch   

Light and the World of Senses. Omnipresence and Absence  Claudia Kappl-Joy  

Lecture│Rick Joy  

ROUNDTABLE Discussion Albright, Joy, Kappl-Joy  , Kirsh, Macagno

Dinner    

Coffee

Welcome by Sampaio

Abstraction and Light: Atmospheres of the Alhambra

William JR Curtis

Discussion

Alvar Aalto's Painterly and Atmospheric Light - Spatial, Haptic and Emotive Illumination| Juhani Pallasmaa 

Dialogue of Curtis and Pallasmaa 

Q&A

Lunch

Drawing as an anticipatory finding of the senses| Edite Rosa 

Enactive Cognition and Experience Design I  David Kirsh

Roundtable Discussion (William JR Curtis, Mark Hewitt, David Kirsh, Edite Rosa, Tatiana Berger, Sergei Gepshtein, others)  

Dinner

 

Saturday, July 30       

       

9:00

9:30

10:00 

10:45

11:15

 

12:00

12:20

01:00

04:00

 

04:45

05:30

 

 

 

07:00 

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 

9:30

10:00 

10:45

11:15 

12:00

 

12:45

 

01:00

01:30

 

 

07:30

09:30

 

 

 

Coffee   

Opening remarks

Architectural Design and the Enacted Mind│Mark Hewitt 

Q&A

Body Conscious Design by | Cranz

ROUNDTABLE Discussion

Siza, Cranz, Hewitt , Pérez-GómezAlbright, Macagno

Introduction to Walk downtown 

by Carvalho

Bus to Downtown

Lunch

Walk in the historic center of Porto

Dinner  

 Bus from Ribeira

Monday, August 1

 

09:00

09:30

09:45

 

 

 

10:30

10:45

11:30

11:45

 

 

12:30

02:45

03:00

 

 

04:30

 

05:30

07:00

07:30

Coffee

Opening Remarks

Emotion and Perception: Introduction to Philosophical Perspectives with a View toward Implications for Architecture  | Giovanna Colombetti

Q&A

Tuning Humans With Architecture | Davide Ruzzon   

Q&A

ROUNDTABLE Discussion  I rez-Gómez, Colombetti, Ruzzon, Mallgrave, Gepshtein

Lunch

Bus to Serralves Museum

Visit Serralves Museum on one’s own (tickets are provided by Moving Boundaries)

Groups 1+2: Sketching Tour with Hewitt and Rosa
Groups 3+4: Sketching Tour 

Hewitt and Rosa

Bus to Casa da Arquitectura

Dinner    

Tuesday, August 2

 

09:00     Coffee 

09:30     Aging and Movement in

                 Neuroscience and Design I            

                 Macagno, Cranz

10:15       Q&A 

10:30     Interface of Cultures I Gepshtein 

                 Mallgrave

11:15       Discussion  

11:45       Interview with Álvaro Siza Vieira                    by Tatiana Berger

12:30          Q&A  

01:30      Lunch 

04:00   Coming back to

                  Architecture│Alberto Pérez-                          Gómez

04:45     Q&A

05:15      Roundtable Discussion

                  Siza, Pérez-Gomez                                             MacagnoJoyCranz

07:30     Farewell Dinner 

                  Quinta do Ribeirinho,                                            Matosinhos

 

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 

​​Aug. 4

 08:45   Bus leaves Casa da Arquitectura 

 09:00   Group 3  Guided tour of Boa Nova Restaurant

 09:30   Group 4  Guided tour of Boa Nova Restaurant

 10:15   Group 3  Guided tour of Piscina das Marés

 10:45   Group 4  Guided tour of Piscina das Marés

 11:15   Lunch and Swimming at the Piscina das Marés

 04:15   Groups 3+4  Bus to Office of Alvaro Siza Vieira

 05:00   Visit Office

 06:00   Bus to Casa

Tours 

​​Aug.3

 08:45   Bus leaves Casa da Arquitectura 

 09:00   Group 1  Guided tour of Boa Nova Restaurant

 09:30   Group 2  Guided tour of Boa Nova Restaurant

 10:15   Group 1  Guided tour of Piscina das Marés

 10:45   Group 2  Guided tour of Piscina das Marés

 11:15   Lunch and Swimming at the Piscina das Marés

 04:15   Groups 1+2  Bus to Office of Alvaro Siza Vieira

 05:00   Visit Office

 06:00   Bus to Casa

 

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Santiago de Compostela
to Porto

Thursday, July 28   

09:00    Bus leaves Santiago d. C.

 

01:00    Groups 1+2. Guided tour of 

         Viana do Castelo Public Library

         Groups 3+4. Lunch in Viana do           Castelo

02:30    Groups 3+4. Guided tour of

        Viana do Castelo Public Library

            Groups 1+2. Lunch in Viana do

           Castelo

7:00  Arrive at Casa da Arquitectura

           in Matosinhos

 
 
 
 
 
 

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