Aesthetic Pleasure in Design









Creating Novel Encounters with Nature: Approaches and Design Explorations 

Thomas J. L. Van Rompay,  Geke D. S. Ludden

University of Twente (2)

Keywords: nature; creativity; multi-sensory design; interaction


Nature has been a source of inspiration in many ways, ranging from conceptualizations of nature as a source of aesthetic delight to nature as a ‘healing force’. So far, however, insights into which characteristics underlie these diverse effects are lacking, and consequently, nature-inspired design approaches are often limited to ‘copying’ visual aspects of nature in either a concrete or more abstract manner. Recently however, insights from (environmental and health) psychology, fuelled by developments in (multi-sensory) technology, have paved the way for nature-based design approaches which go beyond (merely visual) imitation. In this paper, we will report on these insights.

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Cite this paper:  Van Rompay, T.J.L and  Ludden, G.D.S. (2016). Creating Novel Encounters with Nature: Approaches and Design Explorations. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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