The Singapore Polytechnic’s department for Interior Design organizes various specialized workshops for their students to acquaint them with the tools and techniques that elevate their skills beyond the traditional curriculum. The students participated in The Urban Yoga Approach (TUYA) Experience to get away from their digital skin, i.e. computer and phone screens, and to get back in touch with their immediate physical environment that they are co-designing.
We conducted a two-hour TUYA session for a group of seventy first-year students. We began with presenting The Urban Yoga Approach and an introduction on the corporeal and sensorial experience of architecture. In the experiential part we started off with a concentration technique that awakens students’ senses and elevates their body awareness.
We continued with TUYA Touch Experience that students carried out in pairs, enjoying the exercise considerably. When we experience our everyday environment with our eyes closed, relying on our sense of touch only, a whole new world reveals to us. Our memories are awakened, associations are brought up and all this this changes our perspective of the surrounding environment.
We wrapped up our session with TUYA’s significant experience “My body – an architectural element”. It is carried out both in pairs and in groups and consists of two stages. Using the suggested part of the body students experience various spatial elements, playing with surprise and unpredictability, action and contemplation. Furthermore, they imitate spatial elements and spatial compositions documenting the process by taking photos.
Re-connecting with the environment through smell, touch, taste, and hearing systematically develops students’ heightened spatial awareness. Heightened spatial awareness in turn stimulates innovative and creative problem solving. It helps create a world that is not only made by humans but for humans.
Would you also like your students to experience The Urban Yoga Approach’s unique combination of tools and techniques that develop their spatial sensibility and help them solve their projects in an engaging and innovative way? Just get in touch with us – we would love to design a workshop for you.