Neuroscience & Measuring the Experience of Place

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In late September 2017, a distinguished and diverse small group of scientists, architects, urban designers, design consultants, software engineers, and hardware manufacturers met in Engelsberg, Sweden, hosted by the Ax:son Johnson Foundation. The purpose of the meeting was to talk about improving the collection and analysis of data recording how people react to space and place.… Continue reading Neuroscience & Measuring the Experience of Place

CNN: “Looking at buildings can actually give people headaches. Here’s why”

It’s three o’clock. You’re at work, struggling to focus during the afternoon lull. You gaze out of your office window, hoping for some relief, but instead you feel a headache coming on. Flat gray concrete lines the streets, while windows form repetitive glassy intervals in stark brick walls. With monotonous straight lines as far as… Continue reading CNN: “Looking at buildings can actually give people headaches. Here’s why”

CAA Book Review: Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives

Sarah Williams Goldhagen, Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives New York: HarperCollins, 2017. 384 pp. Cloth $40.00 (9780061957802) Reviewed by Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA, College Art Association, May 3, 2018 Critics lamenting the sorry state of today’s built environment are legion. Only a few recognize that many of those responsible… Continue reading CAA Book Review: Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives