The operative structure of this research environment is decentralized and non-hierarchical;  there is neither a main component nor a gradient of relevance between the different ones. Instead, the environment is configured through the coexistence of different research cells and presentations. Although all the research cells are presented to a more or less wider public, they are specifically conceived to generate artifacts through which the architecture of embodiment can emerge as a meaningful concept. The presentations, in contrast, are thought of as situations of reflectively sharing the development of the whole environment or of a certain aspect of the research process.

Most of the research cells are realized in collaborations established according to the specific necessities of each cell. Therefore there is no consolidated research team but temporary and possibly reiterative cooperations.

The research environment is divided in two phases. The first—Aesthetic of Embodiment—aims to clarify the core concept: sense. Although this is a very basic concept in the enactive approach to cognition, its definition in this context is vague. Nevertheless, a clear and operative outline of this concept is essential in order to address the main questions formulated by this research environment (see concept). On this basis, research practices and strategies suitable for researching the emergence of sense in an architectural context will be identified, realized, and verified. Departing from the hypothesis that sense, in contrast to meaning, emerges primarily due to an immediate, bodily, sensuous, and pre-thetic—i.e. aesthetic—interaction with the environment, these practices have to be developed largely in the domain of aesthetic experience.
In the second research phase—Architecture of Embodiment—specific architectural objects will be researched on the based of the concepts investigated in the first one. The artifacts generated by these enquiries will configure an open field of reflection that should allow the identification of specific relationships between the built environment and the emergence of sense.