Experience and imagination in transdisciplinary design: The fabpod

Sarah Pink, Jane Burry, Yoko Akama, Xiaojun Qiu

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This article examines how techniques for imagining atmospheres are conceptualized and practiced in architecture, anthropology and acoustic measurement in order to advance discussion of how transdisciplinary theory and practice might be realized. Building on research into the experience of atmospheres of already existing architectural spaces, it discusses how architects, anthropologists and users of designed environments imagine atmospheres. This is explored through an examination of the processes of design, making, quantitative measurement and ethnographic study of an acoustically designed prototype meeting space, the FabPod. It is argued that transdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration offers architecture a new mode through which to participate in imagining and designing atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-328
Number of pages22
JournalArchitecture and Culture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Acoustics
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Atmosphere
  • Imagination
  • Perception
  • Transdisciplinary design
  • Video ethnography

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