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Urban Sensation Transformer Workshop

Sunday, October 9, 2011, 11–2 pm


People wearing masks and spheres over their heads to obscure or shift their senses

Above: Haus-Rucker-Co. (Günther Zamp Kelp, Laurids Ortner, and Klaus Pinter; Austria, 1967–92), Flyhead Helmet, from the Environment Transformer project, 1968

The urban landscape produces feelings of anxiety, fear, pleasure, and excitement. Join Kaja Kühl, founder and principal of youarethecity, as she brings together psychologists and urban design experts to create devices that alter our urban sensory experience. How do scent, sound, taste, sight, and touch influence our feelings of comfort or discomfort in public space? Can design improve happiness? Participants will create wearable objects that alter and enhance their experience of the sites surrounding the Lab. 

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