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Author Ong, Boon Lay
Source Hyper Articles en Ligne (HAL)
Content type Text
Publisher International Ambiances Network
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword evolution ♦ ecology ♦ homeostasis ♦ Rembrandt ♦ thermal aesthetics ♦ shs ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Architecture, space management ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Sociology
Abstract The sense of heat does not even register as one of our five senses. Yet, this paper proposes that an aesthetics of heat is critical to the ecological understanding of ambiance. It begins with a recent argument that the key human advantage in evolution is our ability to maintain a constant temperature, or homeostasis. Cultural markers of human civilization like fire, food, clothing and buildings are seen as further refinements of this. The sense of heat is important because it is a measure of our energetic balance with the environment. If we do not maintain this balance, getting too cold or too hot for too long, we die. Recent studies in everyday aesthetics have opened the door to a broader definition of aesthetics and this has allowed the introduction of a new field of study - the aesthetics of heat.
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Proceeding
Publisher Date 2012-01-01
Page Count 6
Starting Page 129
Ending Page 134