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Architectural Visualisation - The Art of Perception

Part 2 Dissertation 2011
James Butler
De Montfort University, UK
This dissertation explores an experiential approach to architectural visualisation as an
attempt to enrich architecture in the lebenswelt. In a world where technology dominates; we need to seriously reconsider the way we visualise and support a phenomenological approach to visualisation that essentially calls into question the hegemony of vision over our other
senses. There is a need to restore the body's participation in the way architecture is perceived. The author Romanyshyn speaks of a "restoration" that would "bring in its wake a remembrance of the body's participation in vision ... " As far as Romanyshyn is concerned, vision involves more than the eye; we see with our entire body. Why then, is there a tendency in current practice to neglect our other senses; does technology force us to do this?
Architectural visuals often appear to be exaggerated and willful. However, a more considered approach could lead to Romanyshyn's projection: "Passivity might be restored as a balance to the hyperactiVity of willful consciousness, an antidote to the ego as will to power, the development of an attitude of receptivity"

One of the main purposes of this research is to encourage visualisation as a way of thinking. Since "all our senses 'think", visualisation should be a cumulative sensorial development of thought that is integral to the design process rather than a glorified afterthought.

In his book Architectural Drawing (2010) David Dernie seeks to "underline the
complementary relationship between traditional techniques and computer generated
images". This "complementary relationship" is also developed by this study, supported by a strong philosophical foundation. An appraisal of contemporary practice will highlight areas where improvements can effectively be made.

James Butler

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