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Our Perception Of Time And Its Role In Architecture. A Circadian Chronobiology Centre Exploring The Physiology Of Time.

Part 2 Project 2003
Mathew Byron
Caroline Kiernan
University of Nottingham, UK
My project evolved from an investigation into the relationship between sense of place and perception of time; our bodies are intrinsically connected to this perception through cyclical processes, circadian rhythms orchestrate our physiology, in nature light is key to their balance and synchronisation. Cultural patterns demand that our bodies function outside these established parameters, my design creates an holistic experience encouraging understanding of emerging chronobiological technologies and the manipulation of circadian rhythms with intense light. On two sites along the river Exe between Exeter and Exmouth, the project establishes connections in the context of our broader understanding of the perception of time.
Mathew Byron
Caroline Kiernan

Mathew’s project stems from a thorough research-based examination of the perception of time in society and its representation in architecture and urban design. His study concentrated on the physiological and emotional effects of time and the way in which the built environment could respond to these.

His choice of riverside and estuary sites in Exeter and Exmouth enabled him to respond to the different meaning of time in the city – dominated by the ‘clock’ – and the coast where time is measured more by natural rhythms. Informed and critical approaches to this design project enabled him to achieve dynamic design solutions.

Ms Elizabeth Shotton
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