Somaesthetic Architecture – DaraghByrne.me

Daragh Byrne Associate Teaching Professor
School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University. Courtesy appointment in the School of Design.

Somaesthetic Architecture

Dates 2020 - date

Collaborators Azadeh Omidfar Sawyer, Niloofar Nikookar, Sanaz Saadatifar, Chenyi Shen, Malika Khurana

This project asks: what are the means by which responsive architecture can leverage multisensory, psychosomatic (mind and body) relationships to affect socio-emotional changes in building occupants?

This collaborative project with [Azadeh Omidfar Sawyer](https://soa.cmu.edu/azadeh-omidfar-sawyer] investigates the effect of design on the human psyche. The overarching goal of this research is to investigate how architecture can be created based on affect.

This project asks: what are the means by which responsive architecture can leverage multisensory, psychosomatic (mind and body) relationships to affect socio-emotional changes in building occupants?

Goal one: Identify suitable affective states that can be influenced by architectural installations, that would be interesting to pursue, and are observable in occupant behavior (e.g. calming/peaceful, frenetic, anger, etc.). Goal two: Identify state-of-the-art strategies for sensing human occupants, in architectural forms and materiality, preparing kinetic systems, and producing somaesthetic experiences by surveying recent conferences. Goal three: Design and evaluate the effectiveness of one or more novel strategies for kinetic architecture in producing changes in affect and behavior in building occupants.



Related Projects



Sentient Concrete

(2017 - 2019)