MOVING LABORATORY Neurophenomenological approaches to Embodiment and Architecture


  • Anna-Maija Tuunanen Tampere University of Technology


embodiment, proprioception, gesture of awareness, intuition, neurophenomenology


How to access and gain knowledge of the embodied experience in architecture? Although phenomenology is significant to this field of architectural research, the surveys primarily seem more theoretical, than opening perspectives and methods to a subjective access. However neurophenomenology, which was first introduced by Francisco Varela (1996) appears to provide a theoretical framework and methods to access the first-person experience. The study examines the lived, subjective  experience.

This paper introduces the background, some of the key concepts and the Gesture of Awareness presented by Depraz, Varela and Vermersch(1999), which is applied in the Moving Laboratories.

By directing attention to proprioception the aim is gradually to turn the attention inwards to the personal experience. Moving Laboratories are part of my PhD research,The Experience of Invisible, which is underway.

Author Biography

Anna-Maija Tuunanen, Tampere University of Technology

Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture




How to Cite

Tuunanen, A.-M. (2014). MOVING LABORATORY Neurophenomenological approaches to Embodiment and Architecture. Proceedings of the Annual Architectural Research Symposium in Finland, 68–75. Retrieved from