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
ByJustin B. Hollander, Ann Sussman

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?
ByRobert S. Tullis

chapter 2|12 pages

Classic Planning

The Power of Beauty for Human Architecture and Planning
ByNir Buras

chapter 3|18 pages

Bonding with Beauty

The Connection Between Facial Patterns, Design and Our Well-Being
ByDonald H. Ruggles, John Boak

chapter 4|15 pages

Neuroscience Experiments to Verify the Geometry of Healing Environments

Proposing a Biophilic Healing Index of Design and Architecture
ByNikos A. Salingaros

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
ByPeter Milliken, Justin B. Hollander, Ann Sussman, Minyu Situ

chapter 6|13 pages

Exploring Eye-Tracking Technology

Assessing How the Design of Densified Built Environments Can Promote Inhabitants’ Well-Being
ByFrank Suurenbroek, Gideon Spanjar

chapter 7|17 pages

Attention and Focus in the Perception of Persian Architecture

BySaeid Khaghani, Jamal Esmaeilzadeh Vafaei, Seyed Behnamedin Jameie

section Section III|89 pages

Explorations of the New Paradigm for Urban Experience and Design

chapter 9|6 pages

Emerging Transport Futures for Streets and How Eye Tracking Can Help Improve Safety and Design

ByKevin J. Krizek, Bert Otten, Federico Rupi

chapter 10|21 pages

Ecoempathic Design

Moving Beyond Biophilia With Brain Science
ByMisha Semenov

chapter 11|18 pages

Exploring Urban Form Through Openstreetmap Data

A Visual Introduction
ByGeoff Boeing

chapter 13|14 pages

Being Seen, Feeling Heard

Designing Intimate-Scaled Spaces on Urban College Campuses
ByVerna DeLauer

chapter |11 pages


Understanding Ourselves Better Reframes Architecture and Planning
ByAnn Sussman, Justin B. Hollander