Inhabiting Doors: Using Haptic Terrains to Extend Spatio-Temporal Awareness
Halliday, Phoebe Elizabeth
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As we pass over boundaries and cross thresholds, we start to inhabit the spaces around us. This research project explores how the act of moving between spaces via the door might create a heightened awareness of this threshold and the inhabited spaces beyond. The hand is a critical moment in all stages of the design that approach leading to the outcome. Touch points have become a key focal point in my project, as it shapes how the planar surface of the door extends the opportunity for multiple touch points. The hand and touch points of a doors planar surface work on building how we inhabit the spaces before and beyond a door. This project explores the material qualities of wood and asks how far the material can be pushed while still maintaining functionality as a door. Through explorative methods and using the hand as a tool, I use a chisel and mallet and consider the sound of the chisel as it strips away each thin layer of wood, guiding the chisel to the next spot. Through this process, I blow up the scale of a small touch point (handle) into a haptic terrain of textures across a larger surface.