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The answer to the question, what the brain respond to Architecture? , reckons upon the type of architecture one visualizes or experience. The new paradigm, in which people are cynosure rather than the buildings, clearly establishes the difference between good architecture and bad architecture.

Good architecture is an amalgamation of elements that produces us with a positive distraction. They are accomplished by formulating strategies of urban planning, landscape design, sustainable design, environmental graphics, and usage of innovative technologies.

One can envisage the change in the mien when they experience good architecture. This will evoke the release of serotonin ( happiness hormones ) with a moment of delight.

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The blend of elements tends to provide positive and harmonious distractions. Dr. Collin Ellard found that our moods and arousal level increases when we encounter varied

“ textured” façade.

A hospital should provide a sense of tranquility which can accelerate the healing process. An office should administrate spaces that can escalate positivity and focus. Bad architecture can instigate dysfunctional, aggressive denial behavioral patterns. Spatial structure can cripple behavioral patterns and the way we take advantage of space. Bad architecture can precipitate dilapidation and vandalism.

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One tends to incline from dark alleys, dead-end corridors because of the usage of its spatial configuration. These spatial sequences can affect mental and physical well-being and our cognitive abilities.

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Colors can also stimulate psychological effects.

•Red – Increases appetite, reduces depression.

•Purple – Boosts creativity and hike problem-solving skills.

•Orange – Optimism.

•Blue – Increases sense of security and productivity.

The right choice of color for the right spaces can act as a catalyst to optimize human


During the planning stage, it’s essential to comprehend the five pillars of the

SANCT model – Self-esteem, Autonomy, Normality, Control, and Motivation. Planning should count on different personalities, perceptions, and cultural impacts. Stressful landscape, low ceilings, enclosed floor plans can slack off circadian rhythms in the human body.

Different users contribute to the usage of interior design philosophy. These groups have incompatible needs and distractions. Good architecture will have a living environment that can strengthen our senses and helps to dwindle the thought of abet, restlessness, and alienation.

The built environment can instigate how we feel. Poor architectural design and execution can cause detrition to mental health. The restorative impact of architecture can be seen only in designs with the prints of good architecture which can cognize the understanding and interaction between humans and the built environment thus, promoting healthy living and a good spatial condition to live in.

© 2021 by Ardent Space for Architectural research and Practice

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