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.
- Mariela Alfonzo, urban designer, State of Place
- Bill Browning, architect, Terrapin Bright Green
- Peter Elmlund, urban researcher, Ax:son Johnson Foundation
- Elvira Fischer, neuroscientist, iMotions
- Sergei Gepshtein, neuroscientist, Salk Center for the Neurobiology of Vision
- Jennifer Groh, neuroscientist, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
- Mark Hewitt, architect, Mark Alan Hewitt Architects
- Gianni Longo, urban designer Gianni Longo, Inc.
- Max Martinez, architect, Space Syntax
- John Massengale, architect, Massengale & Co LLC
- Daniele Quercia, computer scientist, Nokia Bell Labs
- Yodan Rofe, architect, Ben Gurion University
- Nikos Salingaros, mathematician, University of Texas at San Antonio
- Nicholas Boys Smith, social entrepreneur, Create Streets
- Ann Sussman, author, Cognitive Architecture