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In conjunction with the students’ works, a conceptual interface between the different methods of both institutes was established. Video and mapping works can be grouped under three categories of analysis that denote different aspects of the perceptive quality of an environment without constituting mutually exclusive categories. The qualitative multiplicity of these three factors is first and foremost linked to the common multiplicity and relativity of perception in an urban context. Three categories help identify and qualify this new area of inquiry and design.

DWELLING
Dwelling refers directly to the survey of the relationship between built urban space and the human body and describes the way in which inhabitants dwell in the space.
According to Michel De Certeau, the search for comfort by a city’s inhabitants might be described as a tactic that helps rewrite space and recombine materials with customary rules and codes – It can be understood as the capacity of a subject to utilize the folds and furrows of spatial and social orders, by construing them to some personal advantage.
It takes possession of a topographic situation, appropriating and defending the given conditions of a place. In this comment from below about the features of an urban landscape, the inhabitant focuses only on some of the conditions present in the field, leaving other matters unattended. Investigation and map representation operate in a similar way, as a filter or grid, sifting through the urban landscape, selecting elements and situations that underpin various states of wellbeing.
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FORMATION
Formation qualifies both the form itself and the act of forming as part of the generative processes of the city.
When thinking of urban comfort in terms of formation, we underline its spatial character and its dependency on a particular infrastructure or spatial palimpsest.
This area of inquiry does not exclude the combination of several scales of observation. Various temporal scales are also included, in order to reveal spatial or typological variations by which urban spaces are qualified and formed. In works related to this concept, priority is given to measurements, morphology and precise mapping, but the psychological and imaginary dimension of the city are not excluded.
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ATMOSPHERE
Atmosphere qualifies urban space in a synesthetic manner, according to particular ambient conditions and moods.
The notion of atmosphere defines comfort as an immersive practice in which urban landscape is explored as an envelope endowed with intrinsic environmental and climatic qualities. Experiencing the atmosphere of a place is in a sense something beyond the measureable. An atmosphore cannot be grasped nor rendered by traditional representations that bring physical space and existential space into contrast. As Gernot Böhme said, atmospheres are intermediate phenomena: they remain interstitial between the subject and the object, situated between the interior psyche and the exterior spheres of the environment.
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