In our current ocular-centric society few spatial experiences stimulate the full penchant of our senses. Most experiences of space can be reduced to a single experience of sensory bliss. How do we create a functioning civic environment which addresses the full spectrum of sensory phenomena, stimulating the performance of life, allowing individuals the opportunity to express their unique individuality? What role does architecture play in the phenomenon of lived space? How do we create such a place? In my view such a place should not only be accessible to the selected few, but should be a commonality in an urban realm shared by all, appreciated by all, experienced by all. In an increasingly consumerist society there is an immense need for non-commercial space without the prerequisite of money. For this environment to be successful, it should be easily accessible and used on a frequent basis with enough diversity in activities sustaining the ever-changing user requirements. The architectural interventions should be an active participant within the larger stage set of activities. How do we develop an architectural language that enhances our sensory experience of the built environment? Can this be that we are striving once again to create real places and spaces for people and communities to engage in?
Dissertation (MArch(Prof))--University of Pretoria, 2009.