'Building Dancing': Dance within the Context of Architectural Design Pedagogy

Ersoy Z.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ART & DESIGN EDUCATION, vol.30, no.1, pp.123-132, 2011 (SSCI) identifier identifier


Recent theoretical and technological developments redefine the discipline of architecture substantially. Current day approaches in design pedagogy focus on personal and bodily experiences of the subject and the need for investigating new ways and methods to enhance awareness of spatial experiences is inevitable. In order to establish a heuristic understanding of embodiment in space within design pedagogy, collaborative studies of dance and architecture are important supports. This article introduces 'Building Dancing', which is an approach to embodied learning. The project is specifically designed and developed for students of architectural design and aims to integrate the existing body of knowledge and hands-on exercises under a holistic framework. Within this study, the issue of embodiment is regarded not solely as a theoretical concept but a transforming method for achieving a conception of a reality and an understanding of architectural design processes.