Designing for affect through affective matter

Akari Kidd, Jan Smitheram

Abstract


This paper examines how affect moves us and specifically, how we can design affective environments rather than use affect as a tool for interpretation, analysis or description. In architecture, affect, for the most part, continues a Spinozean-Deleuzian lineage of recognising affect as prior to, or autonomous from, emotion and a subject-centred account of the world. This paper considers affect as a potentially materialized and localizable condition capable of being designed for. The paper develops two positions relative to materiality: firstly, a review of theoretical discourse on affect in the context of new materialism; and secondly, an examination of the pedagogical potential of affective and atmospheric materialities via design strategies we have called de-materializing, diagramming, and re-materializing. In conclusion, we offer some observations regarding the potential to design for affect to move us.

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