This spring semester the course DS 221 – Person-Environment Interactions is being offered again after a few years break.
In the course we discuss the various ways the physical environment affects people in interior and exterior environments, urban and natural. We have lectures twice a week, lab sessions where we discuss specific issues and then we go on field trips to places within walkable distance from the university. This course is all about the WHY! Why do we do the things we do? Why do people and places affects us the way they do? We focus on environmental perception and cognition, sensory stimulation and contributing factors, environmental preferences and attitudes personal space and crowding, wayfinding and legibility, territoriality and defensible space, the psychology of shopping, community design, place making and social aspects, biophilia and topophilia, identity, roots and belonging, restorative environments, the meaning of places, sacred sites and hidden dimensions.
These photos were taken when one of the study groups visited the Fresh Market on University Avenue, McDonalds and Indie Coffee on Regent street. We were studying the multiple ways designers of food places affect buyers choices, experiences and behavior patterns in grocery stores, restaurants and cafés. We looked at the use of colors in displays, daylight and lighting, floor layouts and the arrangement of goods in shelves, the use of graphic details, symbolism and scale. How do the works of designers affect our lives on a daily basis?
In the future, the course will be offered in the fall semester and will be a required course for students in Landscape Architecture and Design Studies.
Fresh Market University Avenue