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Structures of Feelings

15 May 2015 | 11am – 5pm


The title of this meeting is inspired by Raymond William’s Structures of Feeling essay (1977) in which we explore “a kind of feeling and thinking which is indeed social and material, but each in an embryonic phase before it can become fully articulate and defined exchange.” It is this embryonic phase that we give attention to in the experiencing of architecture as immaterial and material and as we navigate its configurations – negotiating towards the affective consciousness of spatial form/s that is at once social and personal – emergent and emerging – in an ‘interrelating continuity’. 

How do spatial forms contribute to, as Susan Lepselter writes, an ethnography of emergent feeling? How do we feel architecture and world it – taking worlding as a way of apprehension and comprehension – giving it a structure that we make (non)sense of. The bridging of thought and feeling, the sensations that we encounter in built environments – despair, happiness, joy, fear, dread, hope, disgust nostalgic, warmth and so on – are often evoked instantaneously before we begin to stitch the narratives together or to grasp why we are attuned to the spaces the way we do. Another way of framing it is through Kathleen Stewart’s ‘atmospheric attunements’ which “attend to the quickening of nascent forms, marking their significance in sounds and sights and the feel of something’s touch or something penetrating…[turning] a potentiality into a threshold to the real.”


Christien Garcia, English, McMasters/When We Build Again

Augmented Landscapes
Katarzyna Ciechanowska, Researcher, Space Syntax, UCL 

Absence and the Geological Feeling of Imaginary Lives: The Cookie Factory
Mark Jackson, Geography, Bristol 

A Reasonably Adjusted Sofa: Spaces, Temporalities, and the University as Anxiety Machine
Jen Tarr, Methodology, LSE 

Soft Concrete/Brutal Beauty
Alex Wilkinson, History, Lancaster 

Building work: Labour That Covers its Tracks
Dawn Lyon, School of Social Policy, Kent

Montage Urbanism: Essence, Fragment and Increment
Cassim Shepard, Film-maker, Berlin/New York 

Come to Venice
Benedetta Panisson, Visual Artist, Venice 

These attunements are the most powerful: Martin Heidegger and the Mood of the Room
Tom Howey, Visual Communication, RCA 

Tempus Fugit – Time Flies or Feelings about the Past
Juliet Davis, Architecture, Cardiff 

Children in Waterscapes: Scenes From the Films of Lucrecia Martel, Óscar Ruiz Navia and Carlos Reygadas
Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián, Hispanic Studies, Durham 

Amid Midland
Alice Honor Gavin

London – A Close Encounter
Dean Weston, Photographer/Visual Arts Goldsmiths 

Gutter Spaces - Building an Urban Lexicon
Corinna Dean, Archive for Rural Contemporary Architecture, ARCA

Adam Kaasa, Architecture, RCA and Co-Organizer

Tonia Carless, Architecture, Oxford Brookes
Michelle Warbis, Geography, LSE
Nayan Kulkarni, Artist/Architect, Sculpture, RCA
Dariusz Gafijczuk, Sociology, Newcastle
Vanessa Longden, History/Visual Arts, Lancaster
Carol Mancke, Artist/Architect, Sculpture, RCA
Manca Bajec, Artist, Sculpture, RCA