University of Technology Sydney

11366 Elective Heritage

6cp; 3hrs per week - Seminar / workshop / tutorial format
Requisite(s): 144 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10413 Bachelor of Design Architecture Master of Architecture
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
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This elective unpacks the definition of an architectural ‘atmosphere’, not as a generalised ‘tone’ or ‘feeling’, but as an intentional and choreographed spatial and visual experience.

We will look to the aesthetic infrastructure, material culture, and mechanical operation of the ‘Magic Show’, and its role in constructing a narrative of illusion.

‘Magic’ implies a special relationship to space and time. Magicians, in a tradition of devising and performing their tricks and illusions, are experts in understanding and exploiting human attention and awareness.

The magician, the stage, and its props generate an experience for onlookers, which unfolds, in a controlled sequence of causes and effects, to bemuse and engage the magical subject. This is no different from the approach that architects must use when creating sensorial spaces within a spatial, formal and material environment.

As a magic trick to its audience, Architecture can be transformative, by reconditioning its environment to disrupt, defamiliarise and redirect behaviours.

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