Christian Lee

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connectedness, nature, light, house, materiality, aesthetic, environment




This research will be mainly focused in promoting connectedness with nature through control of light. The “house” will be used as a connector in restoring the relationship. It is because the “house” is not just a shelter, but something more. It is the place where people, consciously and unconsciously, engages with one’s inner mind. It is not only “a machine for living in”, but also a connector linking between the inner world and nature. It is full of sensual quality which could mentally affect dwellers. However, the consequences of modernization are driving people’s focus away from material object of aesthetic value. It is resulting a disconnection from the aspects of the natural world, and the modern houses are failing in creating linkage to the poetic world. The space has intangible environmental qualities which can give the unique sensation to an occupant. According to the Merleau-Ponty’s assertions in Phenomenology of Perception, “The body and mind cannot be separated as subject and object”. What is perceived by the mind influences the perception of the body. The space is a stage which allows interplays between one’s body and consciousness. The emotional experience based on the cognitive subjects (memory, perception, judgment, and emotion) gives an occupant a poetic moment in the space. How the space plays in-between role in connecting relationship between inner world and natural world. The book will help me understand in how to construct powerful atmosphere using light, and how its effect will encourage connectedness with nature.

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Syracuse School of Architecture 2015

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