Ann Sussman Architect, Author, Researcher – annsussman.com
“Our project looked at how eye-tracking and facial expression analysis software can be used to better understand how people experience urban streets and cityscapes. There are few studies that look at the biological impact of architecture; our intention is to begin to remedy that – and in the process promote the development of more humane, healthful design.
In studying more than 40 images of the built environment provided by a local city planning department, we saw how eye fixations drive exploration, how blank facades tend to be ignored, how faces and people in a scene rivet attention away from architectural elements. With facial expression analysis software, we also began to explore emotional valence, observing the fluidity of the human emotional experience around buildings and how specific architectural stimuli may promote specific, statistically significant, responses.
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