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Social Innovation Expo was a three day interactive event reinforcing social innovations and encouraging active participation. We were invited with Mindful Spatial Experiencing to co-host an architectural workshop developing visions for the Museum square in the centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Urban Scanners at Social Innovations Expo
Participants gathering at Social Innovation Expo
Participants gathering at Social Innovation Expo

We worked with the methodology that we have been developing within Mindful Spatial Experiencing called Urban Scanners. Urban Scanners is a participatory sensory-oriented method for analysing space. It is based on a premise that subconscious sensory experience is our first way of communicating with the world. We learn it before the verbal language thus we feel very comfortable with it. It has the biggest influence on how we feel in certain environment at certain time.

Setting up the ground is a means of getting to know space with your whole being on a subconscious level.
The field for our first participatory sensory-oriented exercise. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)

As Urban Scanners we establish our interaction with space by moving and by being still mindfully. This brings us in contact with our inner state, which consists of thoughts and feelings taking the shape of memories, associations, stories, dreams and desires.

At the beginning of the urban scanning process.
At the beginning of the urban scanning process. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
Getting in touch with our innate spatial sensuousness. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
Being in the space. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
Spatial sensuousness - encountering everything that defines us.
Spatial sensuousness – encountering everything that defines us. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
Connecting to our soundscape with our whole being. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)

In the first part of our workshop we exposed ourselves to various sensory stimuli, whereas in the second, we explored space through our sense of touch. As you can see on the photos bellow, the amount of devotion that accumulated throughout the urban scanning process had been overwhelming.

Continuing with the process out in an open field. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
The process takes you all in. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
Are you wondering how we made them do it? We didn’t. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
How does your city feel? (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
Touch. The parent of the eyes, ears and nose. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)

In the third part we documented our sensory experience. Mindful Spatial Experiencing is proposing sensory experience to be integrated with every general spatial analysis. In addition to gathering geometrical and functional information, Urban Scanners gather information transmitted through all of our senses (from what we hear, touch, smell, taste and see), intuition, contemplation and reason.

Documenting feelings that we may share or keep for ourselves. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
Documenting thoughts that are worldly or which simply mean the world to us. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
Documenting stories that may not be true, but help us remain true to ourselves. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
Documenting dreams that we let go in the past or that will help us build our future. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
Documenting desires that we fear or that help us heal. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
Encountering everything that defines us. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)

Sensing and perception are inherently subjective, no matter what reality is, there is no correspondence to reality other than what we experience and there is no truth other than what we as human fellows agreed upon. We are using Mindful Spatial Experiencing as a vehicle to enrich and create experiences that will be “shared” among our “fellow human beings” to come to an “agreement” about.

Sharing individual experiences. (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)
What can we as a group agree to agree upon? (Urban Scanners at Sixpo)

By unlocking the power of architecture, we release the potential within us. The Urban Scanners method initiates innovative alternatives within the field of architecture. It helps you acquire greater experience and skills needed to increase the potential for architectural advancement. Feel free to send us an email if you are interested in participating in our workshops.

Photo credits: Gregor Verovnik, Anja Humljan