SPACE DEFINING ARCHITECTURE
An average population of the world views space and structure through the visual elements provided. Brick, tree, corridor, door, window, trim and carpet are only a few of these visual elements. All of the elements combine to allow us to experience a space. These experiences should be the designer’s goal when conceiving the space in question. Some spaces are created to encourage social interaction while others are designed to encourage silence and reflection. Think about the space that you are in now. If you are in an office, most likely it is institutionalized with a nominal amount of light and large capacity for production. Let’s say you are in a municipal park. Most likely you are relaxed and enjoying time away from the office and other stresses of life. It is the purpose of this paper to explore the relationships between these elements and how you experience a space. “Behind all seen things lies something vaster; everything is but a path, a portal or a window opening on something other than itself. ” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars :Harcourt Brace Javanovich, New York, 1967 We spend our lives inside buildings, our thoughts shaped by their walls. Nevertheless, there’s surprisingly little research on the psychological implications of architecture. How do different spaces influence cognition? Is there an ideal kind of architectural structure for different kinds of thinking?
To begin I would like to define architecture and explain why it is important to design with experience in mind. Here at New Jersey Institute Of Technology, it is engrained into architecture students that our definition of architecture is the following: “Architecture is the blend of science, art and technology to provide a meaningful interaction between an audience and the space that they occupy.” Color can have a large variety of effects on the occupants of a space. As a designer conceives a space,...
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