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An empirical process to assess meaning in architecture.


“The correct interpretation of a work of architecture - the assessment of its meaning - is fundamental when we face the necessity to intervene on it. The project we present here proposes an empirical test to the hypothesis of «gesture»: the existence of a global coherence of the visual and walking trajectory made as we explore a building.”
[Missing image! - View of the inside of the church of the Alcobaça Monastery]
FCT Project Reference: EXPL/ATP-AQI/1142/2013
FCT link to the approved project.

[Missing image! - Point cloud photo-montage]

Experiment in Alcobaça Monastery

The programmed experiment of the research project took place in the Alcobaça Monastery on the 20, 23 and 27th of October, 18, 19, 20, 24 and 27th of November, and 2nd, 3rd and 4th of December 2014. In this period sunrise and sunset took place at 7:51 and 18:52 (on the 1st day) and at 7:38 and 17:15 (on the last day) - Lisbon data; information collected on the site of the Observatório Astronómico de Lisboa.
[Missing image! - Eyetracker - calibration]


Two presentations were delivered during the course of the project:
One at the 3rd International Seminar of the AEAULP (Association of Lusophone Schools of Architecture and Urbanism) that took place in Lisbon from the 13th to the 15th of October 2014 (Download Paper AEAULP) and another at the 2nd International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historical Buildings and Structures (organized by the Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development), that was held in Oporto, from July 22nd to 24th of 2015. (Download Paper REHAB).

Final Report

The final report delivered to the FCT in November 2015 may be downloaded via: Final Report.

Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon
Rua Sá Nogueira, Pólo Universitário, Alto da Ajuda
1349-055 Lisbon