Why Our Brains Love Curved Buildings

Some of the coolest, most interesting building out there garner so much attention not for their height, but for their wild curves and odd shapes. Trace explains why we’re so drawn to this type of architecture.

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Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture
“When the great architect Philip Johnson first visited the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, he started to cry. “Architecture is not about words. It’s about tears,” Johnson reportedly said.”

Impact of contour on aesthetic judgments and approach-avoidance decisions in architecture
“On average, we urban dwellers spend about 90% of our time indoors, and share the intuition that the physical features of the places we live and work in influence how we feel and act.”

Visual elements of subjective preference modulate amygdala activation
“What are the basic visual cues that determine our preference towards mundane everyday objects? We previously showed that a highly potent cue is the nature of the object’s contour: people generally like objects with a curved contour compared with objects that have pointed features and a sharp-angled contour.”

Bowerbird builds a house of illusions to improve his chances of mating
“The male peacock is well known for its courtship displays, during which it fans its colourful tail feathers to attract a mate.”

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How the Brain Experiences Architecture
“Remember the time you first visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington? You passed from a busy world to the quiet of Henry Bacon’s architectural setting.”

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