Architectural Psychology by @twoworlds.design
In relation to my introduction, I had outlined that my particular interest was in understanding the way architecture can affect perception, specifically towards sustainability. I have been reading and studying a very unique document from the University of Westminster library i.e. the conference proceedings of the Architectural Psychology Conference at the Kingston Polytechnic 1970. This book contains a variety of studies and research that was contributed by a contingent of Architecture and Psychology specialists – one of whom was Jan Gehl.
My research relates specifically to analysing these studies, especially Jan Gehl’s due to his level of involvement with traditional architectural practice. I am exploring how effective the implementation of psychological findings are in the architectural design process. This involves looking at how people have attempted to influence behaviour and perception in Architecture. The implications of this are vast, however my particular focus will be on how this applies to increasing the level of conscientiousness and awareness towards environmental issues. This is synonymous with Environmental Psychology however Architectural Psychology focuses on the built environment more so.
One example of ‘Architectural Psychology’ research, is the discovery of the ‘edge effect’. This was established and observed by a Jan Gehl and his students in 1967. The observation was the fact that people tended to stand at the edge of spaces and this notion has informed a lot of urban design since. Discoveries such as this create rifts in the foundations of Architectural discipline. The implications of the ‘edge-effect’ significantly determine how people interact with their environment. I believe ‘Architectural Psychology’ is re-emerging as a subject of interest due to the increasing possibility of scientific study leveraged by rapid technological improvements. If we can continue to measure, record and experiment in this field I believe we can create proven, LASTING change and impact with our architectural initiatives.