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  • A New Sensorium

    Shifa VIRANI, "A New Sensorium."
    chicago ILLINOIS

    University of Illinois-Chicago
    critic: Sean LALLY

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Shifa VIRANI: The work is based on the concept that the architecture of inhabitable spaces has begun to engage a broader cross disciplinary discourse within the biomedical field, energy sector and architecture itself.

    The design process consisted of Investigating the potential of various entries to delineate spaces independent of solid surfaces. Chemical, acoustic, thermal and electromagnetic energies create boundaries which then become the architecture. The project also takes into consideration the augmentation of the human body and it’s sensorial envelope allowed for by advances in the biomedical field and consequently how this has led to a transformation in how we might perceive space and interact with and within it. The program quantifies and accentuates various sensory delights that have traditionally led to the romantification of pleasure gardens and embodies them as material energies that can delineate functions as they relate to the human body. The reinvention of the park landscape would be responsive to our ability to transcribe chemo-sensory information, be it through light therapy, chemical absorption through the pores, dermal implants, or sub dermal implants. The inertly therapeutic nature of pleasure gardens would then become actively therapeutic and manifest material energies that relate to the human body.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    SV: N/A.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    SV: N/A.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    SV: N/A.

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