Architecture and Mind RFG April Meeting

Event Date: 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 5:00pm

Event Location: 

  • IHC Research Seminar Room
  • HSSB 6056

Event Contact: 

If you are interested to join the discussion, contact Volker M. Welter, Professor and co-convener of the RFG, to join and obtain more information on the preparatory readings for the session.

The April 2016 meeting of the Architecture and Mind Research Focus Group focuses on the manifold interrelationships between Architecture, Aesthetics, and Neurosciences, a nexus that has gained increasing importance when it comes to discussing perception and use of architectural and other spaces. Participants will read (in advance) and discuss texts by Gernot Böhme, "Atmoshere as Mindful Physical Presence in Space," OASE Journal for Architecture, December 2013, 21-32; Dan Montello (2014), "Spatial cognition and Architectural Space: Research perspectives," Architectural Design, 84(5), 74–79; and other authors.

The Architecture and Mind RFG offers a forum for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students to explore and discuss issues around the design and experience of architecture and the scientific study of human spatial perception, cognition, and behavior. Among other issues, we consider the contrasting nature of arts and science; the psychology of aesthetics; and the relationship of architectural design to spatial orientation, perceived privacy, social interaction, and other aspects of human behavior and experience. We address these issues through an interdisciplinary program of readings, discussions, and field trips.