How can design affect emotional well-being? Read about a collaboration between an architect and a psychologist that seeks to answer that question. In the introduction to their book, Space & Psyche, architect Elizabeth Danze and Dr. Stephen Sonnenberg write:
Buildings are inert objects, but our experience of them transcends the physical realm and extends into our deepest consciousness. Architecture, in particular, which moves beyond mere building, strives to enhance the human condition and promote emotional well-being through the manipulation of space, light, material, and form. Psychoanalysis is concerned with many things, among them, the means by which places enter our psyches and become a part of who we are. Both psychoanalysts and architects care about people’s identities and memories, hopes, and dreams.
Learn more at the AIA website — including how this research impacted the design of an award-winning parking garage by Danze Blood Architects.
Image: Courtesy Whit Preston.