1st Edition

Designing with Smell Practices, Techniques and Challenges

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    Designing with Smell aims to inspire readers to actively consider smell in their work through the inclusion of case studies from around the world, highlighting the current use of smell in different cutting-edge design and artistic practices. This book provides practical guidance regarding different equipment, techniques, stages and challenges which might be encountered as part of this process.

    Throughout the text there is an emphasis on spatial design in numerous forms and interpretations – in the street, the studio, the theatre or exhibition space, as well as the representation of spatial relationships with smell. Contributions, originate across different geographical areas, academic disciplines and professions. This is crucial reading for students, academics and practitioners working in olfactory design.



    Kate McLean, Dominic Medway, Chris Perkins and Gary Warnaby

    Part I Olfactory Art


    David Howes

    Smell the City: A Participatory Art Installation

    Victoria J E Jones

    An Olfactory Space

    Gwenn-Aël Lynn

    The Smell of Snow: Experiencing Wonderland through Multisensory Art

    Melissa Westbrook

    Part II Representing Smell


    Chris Perkins

    The GhostFood Project: Enhancing Flavor through Personalized Smellscapes

    Miriam Songster

    Smellscape Narratives: Designing Olfactory Spaces as Infrastructure for Embodied Storytelling

    Julia Feuer-Cotter

    Communicating and Mediating Smellscapes: The Design and Exposition of Olfactory Mappings

    Kate McLean

    Part III Smellscape Design and Monitoring


    Jean-Paul Thibaud

    The Design of Urban Smellscapes with Fragrant Plants and Water Features

    Jieling Xiao, Malcolm Tait and Jian Kang

    Stop and Smell the Flowers: Plant Scent in a Healing Forest Garden for Patients with Stress-Related Illness

    Victoria L. Lygum

    The Creation of Seoul Scent: Invisible Beauty

    EunSook Kwon

    Design with Smells: The Environmental Scientist’s Perspective

    Michael Bull

    Part IV Retail, Scent and Service Design


    Charles Spence

    Designing Smell into the Consumer Experience

    Dominc Medway and Gary Warnaby

    The Use of Scent in Out of Home (OOH) Advertising

    Prask Sutton

    Scent and Brand Storytelling

    Claire Sokell Thompson with contribution from Jo Barratt

    Olfactory Control, Aroma Power and Organizational Smellscapes

    Kathleen Riach and Samantha Warren

    Part V Smell Learning Environments


    Kevin Thwaites

    Experiential Learning and Olfactory Architectures: Accommodating Smell in Teaching Practices in the Built Environment

    Victoria Henshaw

    Culturalizing Scent: Current Steps towards Integrating the Sense of Smell in Art and Design Education

    Ashraf Osman, Claus Noppeney and Nada Endrissat

    Olfactory Education in Art and Design

    Jo Norman and Nicola Pozzani

    Situating Olfactory Literacies: An Intersensory Pedagogy by Design

    Melanie McBride and Jason Nolan

    Part VI Historic and Theatrical Smellscapes


    Jonathan Reinarz

    Inhaling Futurism: On the Use of Olfaction in Futurism and Olfactory (Re)constructions Carol Verbeek

    A Dead Man's Nose: Using Smell to Explore the Battlefield of Waterloo

    Stuart Eve

    Olfactory Design Element in Theatre: The Practical Considerations

    Michael McGinley and Charles McGinley

    The Nose Onstage: Olfactory Perceptions and Theatrical Dimension

    Anna D'Errico

    Part VII Smell Capture, Distillation and Diffusion


    Alexander Horowitz

    A DIY Guide for Extracting Scent in Your Kitchen

    Olivia Alice Clemence

    Scenting the Antiseptic Institution

    Brian Goeltzenleuchter

    Indeterminate Ecologies of Scent

    Debra Riley Parr


    Jim Drobnick


    The late Victoria Henshaw’s last post was as a Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Sheffield, UK. Her research focused upon experiences and design of cities and buildings according to the senses, and smell in particular. Victoria led smellwalks in cities around the world, wrote the blog Smell and the City, and was author of Urban Smellscapes: Understanding and Designing City Smell Environments (2013). Victoria’s work featured in broadcast, print and electronic media including BBC Radio 4, The New York Times, New Scientist, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent and Wired magazine amongst others.

    Kate McLean is a Programme Director for Graphic Design at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, and a part-time PhD candidate in Information Experience Design at the RCA, London. Her research through design investigates possibilities for rendering 'eye-visible' and communicating the space between a smell's source and the human nose through practices of smellwalking and smellscape mapping in cities around the world. She has published in Leornardo and Communication Design and her smellmap research has received international coverage, most recently in the New Yorker, BBC Radio 4 and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

    Dominic Medway is a Professor of Marketing in the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Dominic’s work is primarily concerned with the complex interactions between places, spaces, and those who manage and consume them, reflecting his academic training as a geographer. He has published extensively in a variety of leading academic journals, including: Environment & Planning A, Tourism Management, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Cities, European Journal of Marketing and Marketing Theory.

    Chris Perkins is Reader in Geography at the University of Manchester, UK, where he has taught since 1998, having previously run the university’s map libraries. His research interests lie at the interface between mapping technologies and social and cultural practices, with ongoing research into performative aspects of contemporary mapping behaviour, an interest in sensory mapping, and an emerging interest in play. Chris was Chair of the International Cartographic Association Maps and Society Research Commission and is the author of numerous books and academic articles.

    Gary Warnaby is Professor of Retailing and Marketing in the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. His research interests focus on the marketing of places and retailing. Results of this research have been published in various academic journals in both the management and geography disciplines, including Environment and Planning A, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Marketing Management and European Journal of Marketing. He was co-author of Relationship Marketing: A Consumer Experience Approach, co-editor of Rethinking Place Branding, and has contributed to numerous edited books.