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Architectural Inventions by Maximilian Goldfarb, Matt Bua

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LEARNING HOW to SIT and STAND

Aki Ishida

IN THE SUMMER OF 2007, I found myself explaining to my friends that I was taking a class in which we were learning how to sit and stand, and that it was dramatically changing the way I see design of spaces and objects for humans. They were chuckling, as was I, to an extent, but the class made me think of relationships of the body to surrounding space in ways that no other lectures in architecture or design had.

This class was an introductory course in the Alexander Technique. The instructor was a former dancer, and her guidance made me question more things about design of physical space than any one particular book or class. It also gave me meaningful insights into the workings of joints and ...

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