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#spatiality #perception #buildings ✱ Juhani Pallasmaa

atmospheric and peripheral perception

Neurological investigations suggest that our processes of perception and cognition advance from the instantaneous grasp of entities towards the identification of details, rather than the other way round. The experience of enveloping spatiality, interiority and hapticity is the deliberate suppression of sharp focused vision. Unconscious peripheral perception transforms retinal Gestalt into spatial and bodily experiences. Peripheral vision integrates us with space, while focused vision pushes us out of the space making us mere spectators. Despite the obvious importance of atmospheric perception, it has hardly been introduced in architectural discourse.

visual manipulation flattens the imagination

dominant sense of vision and suppressed sense of touch

movement and action in space