Architecture and Mind RFG December Meeting

Event Date: 

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 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 December 2015 meeting of the Architecture and Mind Research Focus Group focuses on the perception of different environments throughout the twentieth century. Participants will read (in advance) and discuss texts by Gestalt psychologist Kurt Lewin on his experience of the battlefields of the Great War (1917), Kevin Lynch on the perception of the modern urban environment (1960), and Terry Hartig and Gary W. Evans on the psychological foundation of nature experience.

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.