Many people aren’t aware of the emotional impact that architecture has on our society. The angles and shapes of our surrounding habitat and environment can deeply affect the way we interact with the people and space around us. Architecture has a social and emotional impact on people. Factors like light and airflow and many more point that architecture is more than just a smart arrangement of bricks and other materials. Architecture is a whole approach that can greatly help to produce not only beautiful buildings but entire communities.
Everything starts with a design. It can be a compassionless and thoughtless space or it can have a unique ability to make people feel dignified, seen, honored, respected and valued. If architects commit themselves to serve greater and public good, then well designed spaces will not be just a question of aesthetics and time. Such spaces will be able to shape the way we see ourselves in this world and give us the perspective of who we are and what we want and deserve.
The connection between the design and us
Architecture is present everywhere, in everything we do and every aspect of our lives is intertwined with it. It helped music to evolve, it has grown into an entire philosophy. There is no doubt that architecture affects how we feel in numerous ways. There is evidence to support that. We live in an era that is scientifically called an era of neuro-architecture and that means that the design of buildings we live in and pass by each and every single day affects us emotionally and psychologically.
City designers shaped our buildings but now our buildings are shaping us. The buildings around you can greatly affect your mood and well-being because we have a special region in our brains called the hippocampal region which is attuned to the space arrangements and geometry of our natural habitat. So, the space we inhibit shapes our emotions and has the ability to change our mood. The potential of cognitive effects is not yet fully discovered but it is true that architecture shapes our behaviors.