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Can Good Architecture Be as Calming as Meditation?

Can Good Architecture Be as Calming as Meditation?
Can Good Architecture Be as Calming as Meditation?, Louis Kahn's Salk Institute was among the "contemplative architecture" that the researchers used during the study. Image © Flickr CC User dreamsjung
Louis Kahn's Salk Institute was among the "contemplative architecture" that the researchers used during the study. Image © Flickr CC User dreamsjung

If ever architects needed a little vindication in their work, this might just be it: a team of neuroscientists have found evidence that good architecture can positively affect the human brain. Testing a highly susceptible group of subjects (i.e. architects), the team demonstrated that so-called "contemplative architecture" can have similar effects to meditation - except with much less effort on the part of the person experiencing it. This article in the Atlantic discusses the team's work at length, delving into the science behind the discovery, but also uncovering an interesting oddity in the world of architectural neuroscience: it seems not much is being done because "it’s difficult to suggest that people are dying from it." In the case of the current study, the team "totally loaded the deck" by only selecting architects as their subjects, apparently not aiming to prove anything but simply to secure further funding. Read the full article here for more on the latest in architectural neuroscience.

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Can Good Architecture Be as Calming as Meditation?" 12 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/566975/can-good-architecture-be-as-calming-as-meditation/> ISSN 0719-8884
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