Expressions and Psychology of Exposure in Contemporary Architecture

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Payap Pakdeelao


The topic of exposure has long been part of the architectural discourse, and how it is interpreted and demonstrated in architecture is continuously evolving. This paper explores the trends in how exposure has been understood and exploited in architectural design, discussing the varying degrees to which architects expose certain components of their buildings--or even the occupants themselves in certain cases--that would typically be internally hidden. The subjects of this comparative study include works by practitioners from both inside and outside of the discipline of architecture, such as Mies van der Rohe, Herzog & de Meuron, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas, Shigeru Ban and SANAA Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and the fashion designer Hussein Chalayan. The findings reveal that these designers have strategically manipulated the idea of exposure to evoke emotional and psychological responses that are far superior in their complexity and ambiguity than what has previously existed.


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