Author Archives: Genetics of Design

Study-#1 Results: Eye Tracking Public Architecture

by Ann Sussman, RA + Hernan Rosas The results are in for Study #1: Eye Tracking Public Architecture. How do people look at these buildings? What immediately draws their eye? Do some buildings make people feel happy and others less … Continue reading

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Ux+Design/2023 – Call for Proposals: 2nd International Conference on Urban Experience and Design                                                                              

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: On April 28, 2023, Tufts University and the Human Architecture + Planning Institute, Inc (theHapi.org) will host the 2nd International Conference on Urban Experience + Design: Ux+Design/2023. Researchers, scholars, architects, planners, designers and students, are all invited to submit … Continue reading

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Take part in theHapi.org’s Building Studies #2-#5, using eye tracking – before we take them down!

Anyone with a laptop or PC with webcam can sign in; on a Mac, link to it from Google Chrome or Firefox (and it’s best to do so in a quiet space with minimal distraction.) Here are the links – … Continue reading

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Take part in theHapi.org’s Building Studies #2 + #3, using the latest biometrics to understand how we ‘see’ buildings!

Anyone with a laptop or PC with webcam can sign in; on a Mac, link to it from Google Chrome or Firefox (and it’s best to do so in a quiet space with minimal distraction.) Here are the links: Building … Continue reading

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Call for Participants: Take part in theHapi.org’s Building Studies – Online!

How do people look at buildings? What immediately draws their eye; do some buildings make people feel happy – and others sad? Researchers at theHapi.org (the Human Architecture + Planning Institute Inc) ask these kind of questions and use state-of-the-art … Continue reading

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How Do We See the World? Like the Animals We Are!

State-of-the-art biosensors, including eye tracking and facial expression analysis software, help us confront something not always considered – our intrinsic animal nature – and how it directs our behavior subliminally much more than most realize. When applied to understanding our … Continue reading

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How Faces Make Places – Scotland

Our forthcoming book, Face-i-tecture, How Faces Make Places, shows the power of face-like facades to win us over—worldwide. Up first, a trip to the Scottish Highlands, a cool, wet destination, where finding shelter becomes important after a day-long hike. Far … Continue reading

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Architecture that grabs us? It’s on the supermarket shelf!

It’s fascinating to see how billion-dollar retailers seriously consider client feelings in the built environment – including ones not widely acknowledged, like the power of car-free streets and old architecture to make people feel safe and happy – to drive sales of things that have nothing to do with buildings at all. Continue reading

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Last minute gift-shopping? Check out new titles here for inspiration!

Interested in building a better world, improving the outlook for people and the planet in 2022? Keen to understand the critical link between buildings and our biology? Then check out these books, written and edited by members and colleagues of … Continue reading

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Programming for Health and Wellbeing in Architecture Book Launch: Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Human Architecture and Planning Institute held a global, virtual event to celebrate the publication of the new book Programming for Health and Wellbeing in Architecture on December 9, 2021. Here’s the recording: https://youtu.be/WaEmnGOFW6c In 20 chapters, this book makes the case for a new … Continue reading

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