Neuroscience & Measuring the Experience of Place

In late September 2017, a small group of scientists, architects, urban designers, design consultants, software engineers, and hardware manufacturers will meet in Engelsberg, Sweden, hosted by the Ax:son Johnson Foundation. The purpose of the meeting is to talk about improving the collection and analysis of data recording how people react to space and place. A hope behind the meeting is that a substantial body of better and more sophisticated data than we have now will transform the way we understand and design places from the scale of the city to the building.

A facilitator at the meeting will help the group stay focused on those two goals, as well as three means for achieving those goals:

  • More collaboration between professions
  • Clearer communication with the public
  • Better strategies for funding

After the meeting, a short report will summarize the discussions and propose steps for moving forward.