This research mainly focuses on contemporary issues and cultural performances relating to bodies, and experiments that observe and interpret these phenomena. Firstly, due to a growing public concern in fashion, fitness, and body-care, it is of interest to investigate issues regarding to bodies. Articles relating to philosophical, cultural, and architectural viewpoints on the bodies are then studied. As well as, works and experiments from different eras of architecture and art are case-studied. Furthermore, through small-scaled designs and categorizations of related issues, this research attempts to define “Hyper-Bodies” and to formulate the core questions of this study, which leads to final conclusions for this research.
The review articles starts with the western philosophical knowledge on the bodies to investigate the progress of mind-body dualism. As well as, viewpoints from sociology and culture studies are integrated to discuss fundamental features of body in the contemporary society. In addition, in observing the developments of city and architecture, the internal techniques among bodies and different eras such as machinery and digital eras are also described in the review articles.
On the other hand, the case studies are divided into three groups: urban individualities, mobile spaces, and interfaces of body, each leading to contemporary views of individual topic such as the individual of city, edge of public and private spaces, and interfaces of body, respectively.
The third chapter is the main focus of this research. Through five prior studies of design that are based on the meta-bodies of Taipei city, the definition of body in Taipei city is established. Besides, from the definitions of body in various fields such as architecture and art, the definitions of body can be classified into four parts: technology, machinery, computation, and virtual/fluid, sensation, extremity, and symbol. Lastly, it is then proposed that the definition of “Hyper-Bodies” is that “Hyper” is a medium for the natural body to cross-congenital limitations. Based on this definition, four dimensions for exploration of “Hyper-Bodies” are then generated: material-function, consumptive-signifier, sensual-ecstasy, and virtual-information.
Chapter Four contains the main sequential design themes and their implementations. Firstly, in experimenting “Hyper-Functional Bodies”, “inflation,” “surface,” and “laddering” are designed and tested. Among these three designs, “laddering” is then further designed into three other generations of “Hyper-Functional Bodies”. Secondly, a series of designs in “gate” is used as a prior study of “Hyper-Consumptive Bodies”. A design of “Body Exhibition” is then brought out after observing and interpreting the environment and human behavior in Xi-Men-Ding, Taipei. Furthermore, “The Fictional Love,” which combines both the sensational and fictional bodies, is implemented in rims of Hua-Shan Culture Park through three designs that reflect the constrained bodies in Taipei City. Finally, through the above design processes, resultant observations and future works are then described in the conclusions.