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Making sense of the city : representing the multi-modality of urban space

Lucas, Raymond and Mair, G.M. and Romice, Ombretta (2010) Making sense of the city : representing the multi-modality of urban space. In: Designing for the 21st Century. Gower, Surrey, pp. 190-208. ISBN 978-1-4094-0240-4

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Abstract

This project emerged from a previous multidisciplinary Designing for the 21st Century project - Design Imaging. The original project explored ways in which the full range of our senses would be exploited to assist with the design process. Discussions on multisensory and multimodal design led to a number of avenues being identified for further research. One in particular, that of representing urban space in multisensory manner was the subject of a successful second-round grant application from the Departments of Architecture and Design, Manufacture, and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde. The urban environment is experienced through each of our senses. Despite this, urban design practices and urban representation have focused their attention on the visual. This project posits the thesis that a fuller urban environment can be designed by attending multiple sensory modalities, by giving equal weight to the aural, the tactile, the olfactory, the gustatory, the haptic, the kinetic and the thermal.