In this episode, John connects with
Ann Sussman, co-author of the book Cognitive Architecture

They discuss the fascinating impact that our surroundings have on us based on our visual perception and understanding of what we’re faced with, based on the influence of our evolutionary biology as well as the conscious and unconscious motivations of the designers.

Click on the image of the book below for more info:

Below is a brief video on how you really know something is wrong with Modern Architecture – when you do biometric analyses

Show Notes:

Landing page for this episode to access the visuals associated with the discussion

The book Cognitive Architecture by Ann Sussman and Justin Hollander published by Routledge, now in its second edition, has helped refine what we know and understand about how we humans respond to our surroundings, from nature to the built environment, including building, streets, and public places. Thus we highly recommend it to anyone curious about or doing work in any field where you’re hoping to influence human behavior.

As mentioned, here’s the PDF from the OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation + Development) based out of Paris, which declared out time, the 21st-century the New AGE of BIOLOGY in 2012
A brief overview of the 2nd edition, and how it expanded from first is here

Additional Helpful Links:

The Hapi.org – The Human Architecture and Planning Institute, Inc

Strong Towns and the Strong Towns Podcast

Jan Gehl

Daniel Lieberman

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