Architectural Exhibit Captures the Smell of Historic Times and Places

A sense of history
The California College of the Arts Architecture has curated a new exhibit to explore historical architecture through the sense of smell. The exhibit, called An Olfactory Archive: 1100-1969, strives to capture the atmosphere of places at different times in history to give students and others a different way to relate to and connect with historical buildings and areas in a meaningful and authentic way.

The exhibit took place October 8-13th in conjunction with the symposium Test Sites: Experiments in the History of Space.

A statement by the CCA says, in part that "In the past 10 years, a surprising number of historians, preservationists, architects, and artists experimented with scents to record, represent, and reconstruct historical buildings, interiors, and agrarian and urban landscapes. Such work spans from Aaron Betsky and Herzog and DeMeuron’s fragrance Rotterdam – Olfactory Object (2004) to Christophe Laudemiel’s recent efforts to reconstruct the scents of the Straight of Bosphorus in the Middle Ages (2013)."

Master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel was one of the perfumers who worked on the Olfactory Archive project and was also one of our distinguished speakers at ScentWorld 2013. At the upcoming ScentWorld event, June 12-13, 2014 in New York, we will further explore the link between architectural and interior space and the senses, with our acclaimed speaker Joy Malnar, associate professor of architecture at the University of Illinois and author of the book Sensory Design. To see Joy Malnar's lecture on designing for the senses, register here for ScentWorld 2014.