The Urban Yoga, a project we wrote about this spring, is now live on Kickstarter. Anja Humljan, an architect who worked with us for some months here at Ecosistema Urbano, is doing an interesting architectural experiment where she is applying yogic philosophy into architectural design. She is developing a method for designing space based on subconscious sensory experience of touch, smell and hearing.
Subconscious sensory experience is our first means of communicating with the world as we learn it before the verbal language. The aim of The Urban Yoga is to ensure that architecture will continue not only to provide the world with pragmatic buildings or on the contrary buildings which are visually stunning but functionally useless, but to design with human in mind —to express fundamental truths of the human condition, including our dreams, imagination, and desires: not just those of the designers themselves, but also of those, who use it on a daily basis.
It’s not yoga. It is an architectural experiment changing the way we experience everyday situations by focusing on our body and senses.
What is the funding for? Anja is in the process of enrolling at The New School of Architecture & Design (NSAD), San Diego, from where she will be collaborating with the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) in further developing the Urban Yoga Method. Part of the money will be used to support this research, and most of it to print The Urban Yoga book in the best offset printing shop she can find. In this carefully edited book, which you can get by pledging on Kickstarter, you will learn more about the details of the project:
The book includes a series of stunning and inspiring photos taken in Madrid, New York, Paris and Ljubljana, used as metaphors for the experiment: how do we perceive space if we surrender ourselves to it with our whole sensuous body and give ourselves up to feelings that are running through space? Check out the video below:
You can explore more on the project on the crowdfunding page:
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