Brainwave Flaneur Workshop

Brainwave Flanuer 2017 Seoulcitywall

Join us for a workshop in neuroscience and the environment. Architects use brainpower to make our incredible world, but what in turn does the built environment do to our brains? We're exploring the effect of specific places and conditions by reading brainwaves directly from an in-situ observer - you! What features of the physical environment rise to the level of saliency, are we attuned to experience or expand our health and well-being? This workshop will explore those hidden dimensions of space by linking EEG, brain science and the city of Seoul itself.

We'll let you visualize your own brainwaves by using open source EEG headsets provided by New York based bio-medical startup OpenBCI. From there we'll take both virtual and real site visits to see how our measured brainwaves can reflect our entrained experiences. Participants will be orientated, fitted and given a bio-feedback session. You only need to bring your brain and you curiosity. Some groups, weather permitting, will go on short site visits for recording, so please wear comfortable footwear. The workshop will gather data for a visualization that will be presented as part of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017.


-Instructor : Mark Collins, Toru Hasegawa -Date : July 20 (Thu.), 2017

Session 1_ 10:00 - 13:00
Session 2_ 17:00 - 20:00

-Registration : from July 17 (Mon.) 12:00pm 

-Number of participants : 16 (by order of registration) 

<Brainwave Flaneur> is a part of Walking the Commons, Live Projects Seoul of Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017, which recommends diverse walking experiences through analyzing Seoul’s walking environment by measuring walker’s stress level via their brain wave alteration. The workshop is a pre-event of <Brainwave Flaneur> which will be opened as public program during the Biennale, and the data earned from the workshop will be displayed in DDP during the Biennale period. 

Mark Collins

Mark Collins is a design architect, teacher and programmer investigating the culture of innovation and technology in architecture. His work has been featured at, Gizmodo, ArchDaily, DesignBoom, Atlantic Cities, Architect Magazine, and other international journals, publications and blogs. Mark is a founder of the Morpholio Project, a group of applications that reinvent creative processes for designers, artists, photographers and any imaginative individual. Mark is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture where he teaches classes on generative design. He co-directs the Columbia University GSAPP Cloud Lab, an experimental lab that explores the design of our environment through emerging technologies in computing, interface and device culture

Toru Hasegawa

Toru Hasegawa, in collaboration with Mark Collins, is principal of Proxy Design Studio LLC, an innovation focused design firm working across a range of scales and platforms. Proxy works on a wide range of projects, from architecture and design to research in CNC fabrication, book publishing and software development. Toru is also co director of the GSAPP Cloud Lab. The Cloud Lab is an experimental lab that explores the design of our environment through emerging technologies in computing, interface and device culture. The lab is directed by Mark Collins and Toru Hasegawa and resides at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Columbia University. Toru is also a founder and co creator of The Morpholio Project, a group of mobile applications built for creative empowerment. The project includes thousands of members and a suite of design tools powered through a shared cloud infrastructure.