“Space: That which is not looked at through keyhole, not through a open door. Space does not exists for the eye only; it is not a picture: one wants to live in it.”

El Lissitzky

Human brain is ultimate master to all the perceptions. Every space has its unique character, and our mind has different ways to make us live in that space. The look of a building when seen close at hand is one thing, on a height is another, not the same in enclosed space, still different in open!

Bild1El Lissitzky Proun Room 1923 (reconstructed 1971)

Proun’ is a term coined by Russian Suprematist artist El Lissitzky in the early part of the twentieth century. ‘Proun’ does not have an exact definition, though Lissitzky stated that it was “the station where one changes from painting to architecture”

Response of our mind to spaces can completely fascinate us. Edward de Bono in his book “Lateral Thinking” mentions, “Vertical thinking is an approach by which our mind tries to use some definite approach or some definite technique to understand things. While with lateral thinking one may play around without any purpose or direction. One may play around with experiments, with models, with notion, with ideas.” So better the lateral thinking better is the analysis and understanding of space, better is the creativity. Thus it is with lateral thinking one can experience, and create a completely enthralling spatial experience.


All of the compositions in proun the series are characterised by their highly individual and wonderfully potent experimentation with plane, line and two-dimensional form.

Visual perception is a process through one looks, understands and feels the space. Is the visual perception same for every individual, or with different people the understanding of space differs as well? Tom Porter in his book “The Architects Eye”   has described that, “our real perceptions of space is subject to holistic process, an integrated faculty in which each spatial variable is experienced in context to all others, as in kaleidoscope. We experience each spatial element as the component of all the others.”

“A Perception cannot be drawn. The form must be imagined immediately before this. The conception can, if sufficiently clear, guide the creative process known as drawing.”

Sven Hesselgren

Thus a drawing can be a medium to explain our visual perceptions. But if we truly want to appreciate a space we need to experience it from all sides and at all angles turning it in our mind before it is transferred as an articulation in graphics.

Manasi Rahane


IRIANS – Freelancer

IRIANS- The Neuroscience Institute


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ravirahane says:

    Nice Article. First time clarified that Neuroscience having co relationship with Architecture.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. shashikant says:

    Being a medical profetional I wonder that, there is relation between ARCHITECTURE and NEUROSCIENCE?!

    MANASI RAHANE for great article.

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