Tatiana Berger: The poetics of time

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At 7 p.m. on 28 March the MARCH School of Architecture will host a lecture by the architecture professor Tatiana Berger on “The Poetics of Time: Emotional Perception of Architecture. New Achievements of Neuroscience and Design in California”.

At 7 p.m. on 28 March the MARCH School of Architecture will host a lecture by the architecture professor Tatiana Berger on “Time Poetics: Emotional Perception of Architecture. New Achievements of Neuroscience and Design in California”.

Over the past decades considerations associated with feelings, intensity, passions and immanent experience have grown very meaningful while in architecture and related arts the concept of emotional response and empathy has become especially important.

Emotions and empathy, moods and passions in space and time and in relation to the human being constitute the basics of the aesthetics we deal with. This approach requires the co-presence of the perceiver and the perceived. New findings in neurobiology and architecture point to a critical shift in the designer’s thinking and stress the importance of the impact of the spatial atmosphere and tectonic details on the mind and body.

The lecturer will discuss her innovative neuroscience course for architects in California, the role of emotions and empathy in architecture and design and the importance of interdisciplinary studies to architects and show buildings by Carlo Scarpa, Alvar Aalto, Peter Zumthor and her own work with the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza.

Berger’s global career in architecture and design education spans across countries including Portugal, China, Russia and the Netherlands. She has worked with two Pritzker Prize-winning architects, Richard Meier (New York) and Alvaro Siza (Portugal).

As an associate professor of NewSchool’s Graduate Architecture program in San Diego, she also leads the highly successful NewSchool Lecture Series, which brings renowned architects and designers from around the world to San Diego each month for free public lectures, hosted on the NewSchool campus. In addition to teaching graduate design studio, architectural and urban theory, thesis research, and a summer program in Spain, she leads instruction in neuroscience and architecture, as part of the new Certificate Program in Neuroscience and Architecture at NewSchool.

Berger has lectured internationally on architectural education and topics in regional architecture and cultural sustainability and is now embarking on a new project called Nexus, a bi-monthly colloquium aimed at bringing together international experts for research and debate in neuroscience and architecture. She is a native of St.Petersburg, Russia and moved to the United States with her family at an early age.

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