POETIC PLAY: Crafted experiences

by Priyanshi shah

©Priyanshi Shah

Humans are considerably intricate beings in our mankind. The human brain is rare to have similar traits but we all respond contrarily believing upon our level of perception. The human brain captivates me the most; I find it intriguing and curious to travel in the enigma, maintaining my curiosity. Our brain comprises mainly five things: Sensation, Perception, Feelings, Thoughts, and Actions. Everyone senses sensation and it can’t be regulated while perception is the way how we feel which can be influenced and evolved. We all perceive the same things oppositely and many aspects such as surroundings, climate, lifestyle, society, culture, belief, can alter our perceptions and behavior. I think that is the reason when an individual can feel calm while staring at flowing water while somebody else can think as boring and monotonous. Emotions are raw and it is mainly cultivated through the outside environment like water in the mirage. Thoughts and actions are co-related that guide our choices and decisions. This helps us to build our personality and as an architect, it is important to interpret humans through our attention and design consequently. The process of understanding human beings and their mind opens Pandora’s Box for an architect resulting in crafted understandings for the people.

“Every touching experience of the architecture is multi-sensory, qualities of space, scale and matter are measured equally by eyes, nose, ears, skin, tongue, skeleton, muscle. Architecture strengthens the existential experience, one; a sense of being in the world, and this is strengthened by the experience of self. Instead of mere vision, or the classical senses, architecture involves several realms of sensory experience which interact and fuse.”

-Juhani Pallasama

What is a human-centric place?

For me, it is a territory of belonging,

Where I can feel myself the vastly and the surroundings help me to sense it,

Dwelling is Mother Nature,

The surfaces of soil,

The notions from the windows,

Under the dark sky, the place for everyone to greet and laugh concurrently,

An idea of having a real moment in life,

A sense of belonging.

Our buildings are narratives which are interpreted through ages and it unfolds with transformations. Tale of different thought processes, perceptions, and choices. Story of hope, surprise, joy, sadness, struggle, and humanity. My journey started as an architectural student where I observed how space can be alive and mysterious at the same time. The junctions, volumes, material, pathway, terraces, the connection of inside and outside understanding the human as the centric idea of the design. We remember how we felt in that place and that be

came my primary vision which made me and my designs alive in drawings as a poetic play. The play of architectural entities such as light, darkness, perspective, volume, spatial arrangements, repetitions, symmetry, color, texture, nature, and how they related to one another creates a crafted architectural story. Eyes are most important when we perceive surroundings and visual connection helps us to perceive colors, light, darkness, and texture all in different levels. I believe that childhood plays an important role when we design spaces that are flashbacks from our dreams or memories. Every architect possesses that understanding which makes their building significant and simple for people to experience. Our aim should not be to create a box or concrete jungles but an experience for users depicting their art, culture, literature, mythology, history forming the notion of a sense of belonging. Places where one can sit under the shade of sun looking at the green lush and feel listening to the birds chirping, A place where one can sit with the loved one and have chai with laughter, A place where children can jump, crawl, run while parents can watch them and rejuvenates the childhood days. A place where a person can look at the night sky and feel eternity. A place where friends can sit and make fun of each other.” A NOTION OF PLACE” rather than a box of monotonous structure. These places will create an experience and story for the people which will be recorded in memories and the goal of an architect can be achieved in defining the human-centric space.

“A sense of place”

Be a thinker,

Be a dreamer,

Wander around in the streets,

To find the unknown in thyself,

Settle around the shade of trees,

To find the silence in thyself,

Investigate around the dynamics of the river,

To find the fragments in thyself,

Ohh!!!! But do our cities have that?

Streets without noise,

Trees and rivers in our concrete jungle,

Sky without pollution,

Somewhere we went wrong in framing the cities,

It is important to preserve and respect our surroundings and respond that in designing spaces otherwise one day the world will lose the meaning of the word “Experience”

Humans are unique and that formulates a wonder to dig in and find out our uniqueness. We are all fringed by our context. So when we discuss humans we imply the interconnected culture, beliefs, ideas, crafts, art, music, mythology, etc which mold us. Our dreams, memories, and fantasies are another trait which makes us unusual as an individual. We see through eyes but we also see through our brain which is called imagination. It is significant to review this behavior and personality which benefits us to build spaces for people. I have a keen concern in understanding our behaviors and personalities and formulating that idea in my works. Our buildings should be our tales which are composed of human experiences and wisdom from history. We are anecdotes of culture-bound to create a social structure in a society. Societies are a myth of our crafts, art, literature, the mythology that shapes our mind and our ideology in a particular context. Formulating our behavior and personalities is one of the aspects of designing spaces. The understanding of art, science, engineering, and design are the ingredients of architecture. The exploration and invention of user-friendly spaces can shape our cities and eventually cities shape us.






Priyanshi Shah

Professionally being an Architect, I firmly have a keen interest in understanding the spaces and experiences interpreted in the process. I believe that it is important to structure how we think rather than what we think. Throughout the history of architecture, history, buildings, and philosophy are widely discussed. But I think in the 21st century it is going to be a paradigm shift where architecture should be focused on Humans and their experiences.

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