Windows to the world, doors to the space: The Psychology of Space Architecture

A. Vogler, Jesper Jørgensen

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    Living in a confined environment with minimal external stimuli available, such as a space habitat, is a strain on normal human life and puts great pressure on groups and individuals. Designers working on a space habitat not only must work on its functional role, but also must integrate functionality with mental representation and symbolic meaning. Space-connection interfaces such as doors and windows act as “sensory organs” of a building. They allow inside-out communication, but also allow the user to control the flow of light and air, which in a direct or indirect way are communication mediums. In this paper the authors advocate a closer connection among architecture, anthropology and psychology in designing space habitats as part of a new concept of environmental design strategy in space architecture.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalLeonardo: Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)390 - 399
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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