ARCHITECTURE AND PERCEPTION, ARCHITECTURE AND THE LANDSCAPE Architecture is uniquely situated to impact human experience. It engages us externally - through scale, relationship to the body, and sensory experience - and internally, affecting thought and emotion. Often, the things we build fail to recognize their experiential and connective impact, leading to under-engaging spaces that remove us from our surroundings. With a value system driven by efficiency and economy, our ways of building have facilitated a distancing from the landscape, or natural world. Landscape elements are often over-simplified or unconsidered. Our relationship to the world is sterile, static, and incomplete. We find ourselves living “in a series of (disconnected) interiors...built up against the world”. REDIRECTING ATTENTION In an urban setting, natural elements exist, obscured by layers of hard-scape and fast-pace. Four interventions, architectural experiences, attempt to unearth and draw attention to these elements. Air, earth, water, and light, found materials, are framed in an attempt to make them visible. They are extracted from an urban context, offering experiences of tactility, multi-scalar connection, and depth in time and space. The ambition is to challenge our understanding, alter our ways of perceiving, even if just for a moment.