THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ARCHITECTURE

Authors

  • Ridhima Gohiya Research Scholars Program, Harvard Student Agencies, In collaboration with Learn with Leaders

Keywords:

Architecture, Biophilia, Psychology, Green Spaces, Urban Design, Fractals

Abstract

With the rising percentage of mental health cases in urban areas, it is important to look into the factors that contribute to this crisis. The correlation between architecture and psychology is unmistakable and it is essential that we make use of these findings to better city design. Humanity’s inherent biophilia along with our preference for curved lines can prove to be helpful evidence. All the empirical data compiled in this paper points towards the importance of green spaces, triangulation, and the removal of monotony in urban design. The findings display strong correlations between architecture and humans’ mental state and how various pieces of evidence can help us to enhance the way we plan and design our cities.

References

I. Biophilic Architecture. Review of General Psychology, 11(4), 305-328. doi: 10.1037/1089-2680.11.4.305

II. Jackson, L. E. (2003). The Relationship of Urban Design to Human Health and Condition. Landscape and Urban Planning, 64(4), 191-200. doi: 10.1016/s0169-2046(02)00242-0

III. Joye, Y. (2007). Architectural Lessons From Environmental Psychology: The Case of

IV. Mazumder, R., Spiers, H. J., & Ellard, C. G. (2020). Exposure to high-rise buildings negatively influences affect: Evidence from real world and 360-degree video. Cities & Health, 6(6), 1081–1093. https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2020.1839302

V. McCay, L., Bremer, I., Endale, T., Jannati, M., & Yi, J. (2017). Urban Design and mental health. Mental Health and Illness in the City, 1–24. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-0752-1_12-1

VI. Monfries, J. (2020). The psychological effects of urban design. Topophilia, 46-52.

VII. Negami, H. R., Mazumder, R., Reardon, M., & Ellard, C. G. (2018). Field analysis of psychological effects of urban design: A case study in Vancouver. Cities & Health, 2(2), 106–115. https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2018.1548257

VIII. Puerto, G. G. (2015). Preference for curvature: A historical and conceptual framework. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1-10. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00712

IX. Srivastava, K. (2009). Urbanization and Mental Health. Industrial Psychiatry Journal, 18(2), 75. https://doi.org/10.4103/0972-6748.64028

X. Weibel, E. R. (1991). Fractal geometry: a design principle for living organisms. American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, 261(6), L361-L369.

XI. Whyte, W. H. (1980). The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Project for Public Spaces.

Additional Files

Published

15-06-2023

How to Cite

Ridhima Gohiya. (2023). THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ARCHITECTURE. International Education and Research Journal (IERJ), 9(6). Retrieved from http://ierj.in/journal/index.php/ierj/article/view/2791