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Friday, March 8 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Mental and Social Health as Community Resilience: How Architecture Impacts Emotions

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To achieve sustainability and social equity, we must acknowledge that buildings impact us inside and out. Populations that are less mobile and have fewer choices for where to live and work are particularly affected mentally and physically by the buildings and spaces they inhabit. Harnessing recent findings, this session outlines the next frontier in green design: the human emotional experience of place, acknowledging we cannot build sustainably unless we take into account how architecture makes us feel, and impacts community social health and welfare.

Participants will leave understanding to what extent the long-term sustainability of a building hinges on its ability to foster emotional connection.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how 'unconscious' and 'preconscious' processing and built-in visual tendencies frame our experience of architecture, determining our behavior and feelings in the built environment.
  2. Review the importance of 'attachment' in our relationship with buildings and list ways it can be assessed in an architectural project to predict pre-attentive approach/avoidance behavior.
  3. Specify how biometric tools and surveys can be used to quantify and predict unconscious and conscious emotional reactions to buildings and how designers can use them to increase 'empathetic' conditions and 'attachment patterns' improving walkability, sense of place, public heath and well-being.
  4. Understand how architecture can promote or erode a sense of community, listing design strategies conducive to social equity and mental health.

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 LU
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Kate Altmann

Masters student, Yale School of Architecture
Kate is a post-professional Masters student at Yale School of Architecture. After graduating from Cambridge, UK, she worked in the London Architecture office, Hall McKnight, then becoming the Bass Fellow in Architecture at Yale. She has a particular interest in the possibility of... Read More →
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Misha Semenov

Co-founder, The Ecoempathy Project
Misha is an architectural designer and co-founder of The Ecoempathy Project, an online platform that explores ways the built environment can help to create connections between humans and nature. Through research at the Yale Schools of Architecture and Forestry & Environmental studies... Read More →
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Ann Sussman, AIA

Director, geneticsofdesign.com
Ann Sussman, AIA, an architect, author and biometric researcher, is passionate about understanding how buildings affect people emotionally. Her book, Cognitive Architecture, Designing for How We respond to the Built Environment, (2015) won the 2016 Place Research Award from the Environmental... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
K319 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  • AIA CEU 2 LU
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report