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Felt Sensing in Design: Carrying forward with the “Exterior/Material/Not-Me” World

Felt Sensing in Design:
Carrying forward with the “Exterior/Material/Not-Me” World

Hosted by Ram Eisenberg & Dana Ganihar

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Time: 10 AM - 12 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US)
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The TIFI Membership Committee is pleased to offer this series of Focusing Roundtables designed especially for members of the Institute. This program and those to come will afford members a valuable opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer conversation with other members who share Focusing-related interests.

This Roundtable is an invitation to an experiential and conceptual exploration of felt sensing the exterior environment as we encounter and interact with it. This program may be of particular interest to those of us who use design in our profession or vocational pursuits, for instance environmental or interior designers, architects, artists, as well as anyone who is eager to explore this subject.

We may explore together questions such as:

  • How does felt-sensing the “exterior/material/not-me” environment feel
  • How is that kind of felt sensing like and not like Focusing?
  • How do we apply this kind of felt-sensing in our creative or professional endeavors?

In this meeting we would like to share our ongoing exploration of the relationship between the practice and philosophy of Focusing and the practice and philosophy of environmental design, as carried forward at the faculty of Architecture and Landscape architecture at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. We will share some of our exercises and experiences and invite participants to share theirs.

Our goal will be to create a spacious time together to freshly invite explorations of the crossing of Focusing and Design. Registered participants will receive a short exercise to prepare for the Roundtable. We hope it will be rich and enlightening for all of us, and perhaps will serve as a platform for forming collaborations in the research, teaching, and practice of Focusing-in-design.


What to expect from Focusing Roundtables: Each Focusing Roundtable is designed to promote informal peer-to-peer conversation. Rather than acting as expert presenters, the Hosts will serve as conversation moderators to encourage sharing and exploration of the topics from the participants’ own perspectives. All participants’ sharings are welcome and valuable, no matter what level of experience or knowledge you have on the topic. To preserve the nature of informal conversation, the program will be offered live only and no recordings will be available. Registration is limited to 20 members on a first-come, first served basis. Participants are encouraged to create follow up opportunities for connection among themselves after the Roundtable.

About your hosts:

Ram EisenbergRam Eisenberg, M.La., is an environmental designer specializing in creating urban-nature experience in what he calls considerate designs recently awarded the 2018 EDRA Placemaking Award. Ram’s encounter with Focusing in 2012 had a profound influence on his practice and academic career. His masters’ thesis “The Nature of the Goodness Experience in Nature” is an inquiry grounded in Gendlin’s ideas. In his recent conversation with Serge Prengel, Ram explores felt-sensing and its significance for environmental design and design education. As an educator at the Technion, Ram developed together with Dana Ganihar, the “Focusing in the Design Studio” course, part of which is portrayed in the short documentary “Architects of the Soul.” For more information, www.REED.CO.IL.

Dana GaniharDana Ganihar, M.Sc., is a Certified Focusing Professional living in Israel. Dana has been a member of TIFI's Board of Trustees since 2016. She is active in teaching Focusing and Gendlin’s Philosophy of the Implicit. Dana is a Faculty Lecturer in the Architecture Department of the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology, where she teaches a course on "Focusing in the Design Studio”. She developed with Dan Schachter the course: “Trails to a living philosophy”. She is also very interested in exploring the potential of Focusing "beyond the self" : felt sensing into the unknown of social and political situations.

Registration Closes: Friday, July 6, 2018 or when the class is full, whichever is sooner.

Zoom: This conversation will take place on an online video conference service called Zoom. Please attend by computer so that we can have your video presence as well as your audio. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred.

Price: The host and co-hosts are volunteering their time in order that this program may be brought to members of TIFI at no charge.

PLEASE NOTE: When you register here, you will be asked to confirm that you are a member. If you are not a member, you may click on the option to receive information about how to become a member. After membership is confirmed and you have registered here, watch for an email containing a link to take you to the conference room at the start time. You will simply click on the link or paste it into your browser to enter the conference.

Sorry, this offering is now full. To be added to the waitlist please email rita@focusing.org. If there is enough interest, a second session may be added.

Product Code: W-180711-FRT


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