A study beind conducted by Julio Bermudez, associate professor of architecture, on studying brain waves to see how landscape designs effect a person, was written about at NextCity.com. See below.

What a Park's Design Does to Your Brain

From: NextCity.com Date: Sept. 23, 2014 Author: Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

... Julio Bermudez, an associate professor of architecture and planning at the Catholic University of America, studies how the built environment can induce states of relaxation and mindfulness. In one study, which he presented last week at the second annual conference of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, architects looked at photographs of buildings designed to be contemplative, including the Salk Institute in San Diego and the Pantheon in Rome, as well as ordinary buildings. The contemplative buildings reportedly elicited "markedly distinct" responses, as measured by functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). Bermudez and his co-authors (including a neuroscientist at the University of Utah) concluded that contemplative buildings "allow subjects to enter into a meditative state with diminishing levels of anxiety and mind wandering."

In an email, Bermudez speculated about some common features of contemplative design: buildings that frame nature in some way; that exhibit simplicity without being simplistic; and that offer a sense of separation from the rest of their context, among other qualities. Some "remarkable cities," he wrote, "naturally invite contemplative states." As examples, he cited Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Bodh Gaya in India, as well as parts of Paris, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.


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