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5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
CONTEMPORARY ACHIEVEMENTS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING 2017 , 2017.y., pp. 861-875


GESTALT SWITCH OR NOT: INVESTIGATION INTO PERCEPTION SHIFTS IN CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE PRODUCTION
 
DOI: 10.14415/konferencijaGFS2017.091
UDC: 72.01
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Author : Vujičić, Lejla
 
 Summary:
 Architecture, conventionally understood, needs to be discussed both in terms of object and objecthood since it involves constant feedback between the two. According to Bernard Cache, architecture is “the art of introducing interval in a territory in order to construct frames of probability.” This particular definition leaves enough flexibility both for an object and larger environmental systems to be addressed. Production of architecture, in Cache’s terms, consists of “framing, selecting and arranging” and results in object that is defined by its boundaries (framing), that has selected vistas towards outside world (selection) and finally, has arranged internal spatial configuration (arrangement). Architectural object is a large scale entity that has special status in the world in terms of its relationship to the subject. It requires constant feedback between visual system and motor behavior. This paper investigates potential challenge in human perception that is posed by certain contemporary architecture production. It argues that morphogenesis based on design processes that negotiate unpredictability and result in extended gestalt and open ended figuration tends to challenge our habitual perceptual patterns. The question takes us furthermore to what is in literature called ‘gestalt switch’ which results in necessity for what we name ‘extended gestalt.’ New architectural object is, at least in the world of experimental architecture, spatially complex hybrid which, through topological maneuvers enabled by computer technologies, has possibility of ‘violating’ our habitual preconceptions of perception of objecthood. It is our intention to theorize the work of gestaltists in relationship to the work of particular contemporary architecture theorists and practitioners and show that there is a need to include uncertainty as an essential element of the understanding architectural space and form of the new age which supersedes simple basic form creation characteristic of the well-known modernist architecture.
 
 Keywords:
 Architecture, perception, Gestalt