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Polysemy of Structure: Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter's Perception-oriented Structural Thinking



The Danish Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter is new generation architectural firm in Nordic countries. Their works show the rationality and sensibility of architectural structures through the perspective of structural polysemy. This paper takes the firm’s most representative case, the Tipperne Tower as an insight into their innovative structural thinking based on body and perception. Based on the vision of structural polysemy, this paper also sorted out two key aspects from their design: the principle of embodied perception and the corresponding structural design approach.
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A direct form of 'experiential understanding' of others is achieved by modelling their behaviours as intentional experiences on the basis of the equivalence between what the others do and feel and what we do and feel. This modelling mechanism is embodied simulation. By means of embodied simulation we do not just 'see' an action, an emotion, or a sensation. Side by side with the sensory description of the observed social stimuli, internal representations of the body states associated with actions, emotions, and sensations are evoked in the observer, as if he/she would be doing a similar action or experiencing a similar emotion or sensation. Mirror neurons are likely the neural correlate of this mechanism. The mirror neuron matching systems map the different intentional relations in a compressed fashion, which is neutral about the specific quality or identity of the agentive/subjective parameter. By means of a shared neural state realized in two different bodies that nevertheless obey to the same functional rules, the 'objectual other' becomes 'another self'.
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