Genome of the Built Environment the mind, sensory experience, and the city
DATE: Spring 2015
SCHOOL: Harvard Graduate School of Design; Cambridge, Massachusetts
TEAM: Myrna Ayoub, Timothy Logan and Ramzi Naja
PROFESSOR: Allen Sayegh (principal INVIVIA) and Stefano Andreani
PROJECT LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts
PROGRAM: research analysis, prosthetics, diagrams, mapping, movie
The built environment has a profound impact on our everyday experience. In fact, our daily lives are structured around the very construct of the city, which includes form, space, flows, networks, and mobility. Experiencing the city is most heightened during transit, where different layers of spatial experience are activated and different dimensions of the city are exposed. Experimenting with a prosthetic combining proximity sensors, micro-controllers, an EEG brain scanner, and a GoPro camera for documentation, a study of Boston generated a complex set of results that would then be used to illustrate a lexicon of urban scenarios and their impact on the mind, interpreted based on proximity data and state of mind readings. Ultimately, the outcome serves as a reference to be consulted as urban environments are designed for better livability.