Embracing a biological and evolutionary perspective to explain the human experience of place, Urban Experience and Design explores how cognitive science and biometric tools provide an evidence-based foundation for architecture and planning. Aiming to promote the creation of a healthier and happier public realm, this book describes how unconscious responses to stimuli, outside our conscious awareness, direct our experience of the built environment and govern human behavior in our surroundings.

This collection contains 15 chapters, including contributions from researchers in the US, the UK, the Netherlands, France and Iran. Addressing topics such as the impact of eye-tracking analysis and seeing beauty and empathy within buildings, Urban Experience and Design encourages us to reframe our understanding of design, including the narrative of how modern architecture and planning came to be in the first place.   

This volume invites students, academics and scholars to see how cognitive science and biometric findings give us remarkable 21st-century metrics for evaluating and improving designs, even before they are built.

chapter |7 pages


The 21st-Century Paradigm Shift in Architecture and Planning

section Section I|64 pages

Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Architecture and Planning

chapter 1|17 pages

Sense of Place

Looking Backward to Go Forward?

chapter 2|12 pages

Classic Planning

The Power of Beauty for Human Architecture and Planning

chapter 3|18 pages

Bonding with Beauty

The Connection Between Facial Patterns, Design and Our Well-Being

chapter 4|15 pages

Neuroscience Experiments to Verify the Geometry of Healing Environments

Proposing a Biophilic Healing Index of Design and Architecture

section Section II|48 pages

Twenty-First-Century Tools

chapter 5|16 pages

Identifying Biophilic Design Elements in Streetscapes

A Study of Visual Attention and Sense of Place

chapter 6|13 pages

Exploring Eye-Tracking Technology

Assessing How the Design of Densified Built Environments Can Promote Inhabitants’ Well-Being

section Section III|89 pages

Explorations of the New Paradigm for Urban Experience and Design

chapter 10|21 pages

Ecoempathic Design

Moving Beyond Biophilia With Brain Science

chapter 11|18 pages

Exploring Urban Form Through Openstreetmap Data

A Visual Introduction

chapter 13|14 pages

Being Seen, Feeling Heard

Designing Intimate-Scaled Spaces on Urban College Campuses

chapter |11 pages


Understanding Ourselves Better Reframes Architecture and Planning