Architecture and the urban environment affect the human mind/brain/body system, their impact on our experience and behavior is often underestimated. A science-informed approach enables us to understand better both the practical and profound human needs which can be addressed through design. We believe that by applying behavioral sciences to architectural design we have a chance to improve users’ experience of space. It can help us create spaces which enhance healing, learning, creativity, relaxation, productivity etc. Moreover, science-informed design has the potential to quantify desired cognitive and emotional effects, implying that it can shift the way we evaluate spaces away from traditional efficiency metrics focused on form, to effectiveness metrics focused on experience.
These components are:
- Identifying a Human Metric that reflects most accurately the project goals.
- Articulating the human-space relationship for a better understanding of the user experience in the built environment.
- Focus on the most important findings and well-researched sources elements of these interactions.
- Understand the different effectiveness of insights for the design process on the basis of the strength of correlations rather than assuming causality.