Health and well-being are strongly influenced by what our senses perceive or are forced to perceive. In urban planning – as in most parts of our culture – the visual side is often privileged, while the other senses are often neglected. With the establishment of environmental policies towards the reduction of all kinds of pollution in the past years and decades, the importance of living in a healthy sensory environment has become increasingly apparent. Sensory walks – that is, explorations in which we research our surroundings using our senses – are gaining traction as an appropriate method for urban planning in consideration of our sensory environment. Normally, sensory walks are based on a single sense; most often taking place in the form of sound walks.
However, since urban areas are multisensorial, we recommend a combined sound and light walk. This combination is obviously only possible at a certain time of day: namely, at night. As the night itself is a much too little researched timeframe, this combined sound and light walk also contributes to the general production of knowledge about the night.
Guided walk with:
Prof. em. Dr. Dietrich Henckel, unsichtbare-stadt. de | German Society for Time Politics | Berlin [DE] and
Dr. Antonella Radicchi, Technical University Berlin, City- and Regional Planning.
Meeting point: YAAM entrance (gate)