Earth Beat, 4 February 2011. From using smell in both architecture and art to influence behaviour and emotion, to customising soundscapes, we examine how smell and sound affect the way we do things.
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Smell has powerful effects on our behaviour. Richard Mazuch is a director at Nightingale Associates, an architectural firm in London that specialises in this kind of thinking. When he designs hospitals and schools, he takes smell into consideration. He explains how scent can help speed up the healing and learning processes and why his colleagues should stop ignoring it.
Olfactory art historianSmell has been indirectly used in art since time began. Caro Verbeek is an olfactory art historian or, as she likes to put it, an art historian of the other senses. Host Marnie Chesterton paid her a visit to find out exactly how much olfactory art history there is, and what it is that artists are trying to convey about the environment we live in when they use smell.