UBC Graduate Research

Attention is a kind of love : Embodiment, mindfulness, noticing and the multi-sensory experience of landscapes Kirkland, Rhiannon Myfanwy


What do we notice and pay attention to? What do we take for granted? This thesis is based on the idea that slowing down and noticing is a powerful act. Landscape architecture and design are, more generally, focused on the visual and the production of images. In this process, the importance of feelings and experiences is often lost. This project explores how we can design landscapes that promote embodied multisensory engagements with the environments that humans move through. Mindfulness is an invitation to be present in the here and now, and to connect with our bodies. Designing for the senses is one way of encouraging people to engage with their bodies and environments differently.

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