Visual dispersion and new synesthesia: some considerations on the Blur Building

Certain types of contemporary buildings, as the Blur Building by Diller + Scofidio, can be regarded as complex systems, which refer to the new paradigms of the contemporary and post-industrial society (i.e. flexibility, adaptability, interaction, etc.). These projects, expressions of the contradictions of this time, can be interpreted and better understood thanks to a perceptive analysis, a potential analysis tool capable of establishing relations between architectural design and psychology, the fear of space, estrangement and pathologies linked to perception and modern neurosis. Diller + Scofidio have designed a pavilion - wrapped in an abstract interface - that can be perceived only through a tactile and haptic perception, using the body and not the eyes, thus developing new kind of relationships between architecture, context and users. Further exploring such complex aspects of contemporary architecture that are beyond the possibilities of visual perception, the article closes with some reflections on the concept of sublime, and on its perceptual aspects: this concept can be regarded as a key for better understanding the complexity of this project and perhaps to address other contemporary buildings which, as the Blur Building, resist disciplinary and traditional analysis tools.

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