Konstfack Common Seminar. Connecting Nature and Interiors: Post-war Danish Domestic Landmarks and the Japanese Tradition. Carmen García Sánchez

Datum och tid
8 december 2021 kl 13:00 - 15:00
Typ av händelse
Plats och färdväg

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Danish architects Karen & Ebbe Clemmensen´s study-house (1954), Denmark. © PhD Carmen García Sánchez

In the Anthropocene mankind has become the dominating force on the Earth. Most of our urban areas have been designed in ways that degrade the environment and disconnect us from Nature. This dominant paradigm of development and design of the modern built environment deprives us of the benefits of the interaction with the natural surroundings and leads us to a growing placelessness.

In this era of necessary reflection on human-Nature relationship and the role of architecture as a mediator mean, some postwar-Danish and traditional-Japanese buildings offer profound lessons for our own time.

The internationally renowned Danish domestic buildings built in the 50's and early 60's, left a leading legacy that has greatly influenced the domestic sphere and has further led the world in terms of good design and welfare. They are deeply inspired by the relationship between humans and Nature mediated through the architectural space, and provide exemplary sensory experiences of the natural surroundings by complex mechanisms, sometimes without visual contact to it. Moreover, there are significant parallels between some of these pieces of architecture and specific traditional Japanese buildings, particularly with “Sukiya style” architecture. In Japan life has traditionally been understood to be in communion with Nature.

I will be presenting a part of my ongoing research project Nature-In, showing how this fascinating dialogue takes place in some outstanding case-studies. In addition, I will illuminate the integration of some biophilic design patterns into them. The objective is to transfer this knowledge from Danish and Japanese architectural heritage to a sustainable contemporary design practice merging scientific perspectives, in order to effectively improve human-Nature daily interaction through the experience of the domestic interiors of the future.

Nature In. New Sustainable Nature-Inclusive Architectural Devices for the Transformation of our Interior Dwelling

Space: through Selected Case Studies

Carmen García Sánchez

Carmen García Sánchez, is an experienced practicing architect Ph.D. in Architectural Design, Architect MAA from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, is a postdoctoral researcher Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the Institute of Architecture and Design, at the Royal Danish Academy School of Architecture, in Copenhagen. Her research addresses the interaction between the building surroundings and the lived life in the domestic space, focusing on the relationship between nature, architecture and users. She carries out her individual research Nature-In, “New Sustainable Nature-Inclusive Architectural Devices for the Transformation of our Interior Dwelling Space: through Selected Case Studies”, an artistic, technical and historical research project, that gains knowledge from our architectural heritage, in the form of exemplary postwar-Danish and traditional-Japanese buildings that contribute via rich multi-sensory stimulation to the connecting of their interior space with the natural surroundings. She develops this through Architectural Interior, Landscape, and Biophilic Design approaches with a focus on linking architectural research to future practice. The main aim is to enhance the health and wellbeing of communities through daily interaction with Nature.

Ricardo Atienza Badelricardo.atienza@konstfack.se

Forsknings- och forskarutbildningsutskottet (FFU)

Main organizer is Kristina Fridh.