This free webinar, hosted by The National Arts Club, featured Nikos Salingaros, PhD and Ann Sussman, discussing the importance of patterns and ornament in architecture and their impact on our health and well-being. The speakers reviewed the science of natural patterns, including fractals, and how humans evolved to see them to successfully secure themselves in a space and regulate their own emotional states. The talk will reveal why modern 20th-century architecture lost the connection to nature with unnatural patterning and how to bring it back along with design that promotes well-being.
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Nikos Salingaros is a professor of Mathematics at University of Texas, San Antonio. Ann Sussman, an instructor at the Boston Architectural College (BAC) is president of The Human Architecture + Planning Institute, Inc (theHapi.org). Both speakers are contributors to the new book, Urban Experience and Design, Contemporary Perspectives on Improving the Public Realm (Routledge 2021).