Spatial Manifestations of the Human Psyche

Sep 18, 2014

Spatial Manifestations of the Human Psyche: Architecture Based on Neurological Theories of Aesthetic Experience & Environmental Preference

This research aims to revive the fractured relationship between mind, body and space through an exploratory study of architecture driven by neurological theories of aesthetic experience and environmental preference. With the foregoing in mind, a conceptual project was created using a spatial narrative derived from psychosocial values of space, coupled with a responsive exterior facade that generates sensory variability of light, form and movement using human computer interaction technologies. With the intent of furthering the dialogue between architecture and neuroscience, this investigation demonstrates how architects could manifest theories of psychology and neuroscience into built environments, and in turn, foster occupant well-being through spatial agencies in tuned with the human psyche.

Ashley Brooke Biren (Ryerson University)
Presented at: 
2014 ANFA Conference (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture

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