Research on haptic perception

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Within this project there has sometimes been unorthodox ways of researching into sensory perception, such as conducting blindfolded experiments. In relation to blindfolded observation, Zeisel (2001) comments that blind people are experts in the screening of multi-sensory qualities: “Who can better identify what the non-visual perceptible multi-sensory qualities and shortcomings are of a city, a building or a space, than a person who is blind?.” We experimented with this by doing research into different materials, taste, sound and smell, as well as combining or excluding these. It has led to some surprising answers and new insights that are included in the design outcomes. This study is realized in cooperation with the students of the Rietveld Academie, department of ArchitecturalDesign.