Empirical Explorations

Phenomena Potential: Towards a Practical Neurophenomenology for the Built Environment

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In this presentation, we propose a new model for bridging the explanatory gap between spatial properties and how they are experienced. The model has been developed both to unify human and spatial scientific research, and act as a tool for augmenting the design process. Our methodology is grounded in Science-Informed Design (SiD); a systematic approach to implementing research findings5 in design decisions. SiD brings about a new person-space dialogue that relates human outcomes to spatial qualities and generates the framework for the long-term evolution of spaces that respond to direct and indirect human feedback. It marks a shift from the traditional and shortsighted goals of building for formal efficiency or mechanical performance towards a focus on the cognitive and emotional outcomes of human-space interaction.

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