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Architecture and Human Subconscious Responses to the Environment

GBCI: 0920006888

New findings in the life sciences will change our understanding of how people respond to buildings suggesting new ways to improve design in the future.
Eligible for .5 CE HOURS.
  • .5 CE

Published on: January 28, 2016

Average: 4.3 (45 votes)


The 21st Century has already been labeled “The Age of Biology” where new findings in the life sciences are reframing our understanding of how we function and came to be. They also offer insight into our behavior in the built environment, from why we head down some streets and avoid others to how it is older cities maintain their charm.

This webinar reviews recent scientific findings relevant to our behavior in and around buildings. We will look at our innate responses to edges, patterns, and shapes and discusses how all these tendencies came to be for one very good reason: they helped us survive. The most successful green buildings in the 21st century will use this new science to good advantage; for the more we build buildings people like to look at and ‘attach to' - the more likely the new constructions wilI last.

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  1. Understand how our responses to the environment reflect human evolution.
  2. Explain how our brain has built-in responses to edges, specific patterns and shapes.
  3. Explore how considering human perception will gain importance in building design.
  4. Identify the connection between new findings in cognitive science and the future of Green Building.
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The Green Engineer, Inc.
Concord, MA
United States


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