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Anja Humljan: The Urban Yoga

By 19. 5. 2015 April 15th, 2019 No Comments

Anja Humljan
The Urban Yoga

1.06.2015 – 24.06.2015
20.00

The Urban Yoga is the herald of a novel approach to urbanism and architectural design. It evokes human sensory experience and uncovers newly established rules of interaction.

Anja Humljan
The Urban Yoga

The Urban Yoga is the herald of a novel approach to urbanism and architectural design. It evokes human sensory experience and uncovers newly established rules of interaction.

It has almost become a cliché opinion that urban environments limit our freedom, keep us constantly alert, cause stress, and disturb our inner peace. The Urban Yoga, however, flies in the face of this misconception, showing how the urban environment should not be considered as something that disturbs our harmony, but on the contrary – contributes to it. The role of the architect is not only to create buildings, but also to build bridges between our esteemed profession and the people who use the structures we design on a daily basis. With this in mind, Humljan got out of the architectural office and off the yoga mat to change the way we feel, breath, and think about architectural space and the urban environment. The Urban Yoga is not yoga as such, but an architectural experiment, a movement, changing the way we experience everyday situations in the city when focusing on our body and senses.

The Urban Yoga explores the magic of space that centers on human experience; it inspires others to look at the world around them in a more meaningful way – re-examining how their bodies inhabit urban places and breathing new human-oriented life into the efficient and industrial world of urban architecture and design. The Urban Yoga advocates for a school of architectural design that centers on the subconscious sensory experience. It aims to transform the city from a mere space to a place that sparks our imagination, conjures up memories, tells stories, and cradles our dreams. Yoga techniques do an effective job of putting both conscious and subconscious experience of the world into practice, which is precisely how “yoga” became part of the project title. The Urban Yoga challenges architects to design spaces that are not only visually and technologically stunning, but also designed with human sensory experience in mind. It invites people to smell, touch, taste, see and listen in order to experience how their city feels.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anja Humljan is an architect who is revolutionizing the way that we relate to space by allowing her architectural projects to flow freely, blending into and borrowing liberally from the media of photography, video art and performance. The Urban Yoga project has been warmly and broadly accepted worldwide. Support for the launch of the forthcoming The Urban Yoga book has been overwhelming, and the project has been detailed in more than 30 countries around the world by renowned news outlets, such as the Huffington Post, Stern, and Daily Mail. Humljan’s approach to architecture, combining a broad range of disciplines and media, has taken her all over the globe: she studied architecture in Slovenia, digital design in Denmark, and photo-media, video art and sound recording in Australia. She has worked in some of the world’s most vibrant cities, including New York and Madrid, and is also known as a voice actor, yoga teacher and radio presenter and yoga teacher. As a student she exhibited an interactive pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale together with her Danish colleagues. It was around that time that she began developing her own view of space, creating a laboratory for experimental architecture called Space Potential. Since then she has been investigating a broad range of tools and media, and has crafted unique methods of spreading the idea that architectural space is much more than just geometry and function. It spans further away from the visible and the quantitative towards spatial design based on subconscious sensory experience. By focusing not only on what we see, but also on every­thing else we experience with our other corporeal senses, we change our perception and enrich our existence. It is this enrichment which gives us the tools to give, uncover, and embrace new meanings and possibilities for life in the city.
THE URBAN YOGA PHOTOGRAPHERS
Ljubljana: Primož Lukežič, Madrid: Emilio P. Doiztua, Paris: Antoine Le Grand, New York: Jaka Vinšek

Anja Humljan

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