Architecture and Mind RFG November Meeting

Event Date: 

Thursday, November 5, 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.

Rest hole in the University of Seoul, Jeonnong-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea, by UTAA and architectural students of the University of Seoul, 2012 (photo © Jin Hyo-suk)

The November meeting of the Architecture and Mind Research Focus Group focuses on nineteenth-century ideas of beauty and empathy in art and architecture. Participants will read (in advance) and discuss texts by the psychologist Gustav Theodor Fechner and the art historian Heinrich Wölfflin. The authors argue that psychology can help to comprehend how humans perceive art and architecture, respectively why they consider certain works as beautiful.

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.