Dance and Architecture: Choreographing Architecture part II

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Dance in public space can re-define context, connotations and meaning of the public domain by intervening the space and bring in a different artistic perspective in a performative communication and experience. Choreographed interventions can change the space and make new connections. But what if the dancing body makes the actual space in a material sense? This is exactly what the young architect Ashley Biren researched and explained to us during the Intensive Study Program Re-Designing Spaces October 2015. Check the lecture below!


In ‘Choreographing Architecture’ she performed a design research on how the dancing body can inspire architects to build spaces that contribute to the sensory experience of its users. The main question she addressed was how a building can become a place that adapts to the needs of people in different ways. She experimented with motion sensing technologies to transform movements from the human body into architectural forms. As a former dancer and choreographer, she aspires to enrich the experience of architecture through the potential of dance.

Ashley Biren (Canada) wrote her thesis on “Choreographing Architecture”. Biren is a recent Master of Architecture graduate at Ryerson University where she earned a Bachelor of Architectural Science in 2011. The Canada Council for the Arts recently nominated Ms. Biren as one of Canada’s leading graduate students in Architecture, receiving specific recognition for her thesis titled Choreographing Architecture. 

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