Abstract People connect with architecture in manydifferent ways, which allows it to be enjoyed and appreciated all over theworld. From an early age I have been fascinated with architecture especiallygrowing up in London with architecture everywhere, over the years I have founda certain style within minimalist architecture to have a bigger impact one mymood when in contact with. They say architectural spaces influence a person’semotional state. It must be experienced to be understood. Architecture providesan important setting for everyone’s life. As architecture is personal and anessential experience that must be experienced to be understood.
Introduction “There was a time when Iexperienced architecture without thinking about it. Sometimes I can almost feela particular door handle in my hand, a piece of metal shaped like the back of aspoon. I used to take hold of it when I went into my aunt’s garden. That doorhandle still seems to me like a special sign of entry into a world of differentmoods and smells. I remember the sound of the gravel under my feet, the softgleam of the waxed oak staircase, I can hear the heavy front door closingbehind me as I walk along the dark corridor and enter the kitchen, the onlyreally brightly lit room in the house.
” ? Peter ZumthorArchitecture has the power toevoke a range of emotions, it can be to bring back memories or it can be toevoke direct emotions, like making you feel big or small, give you a sense offeeling safe or unsafe. Architecture can sometimes bring us into a spiritualmood. The same place can make a person feel calm and can make another personfeel uncomfortable and stressed, yet most people if asked would feel big in achurch and unsafe at night in a dark alley.
Architectural spaces have certainatmospheres which can influence the emotional state of a person; theinteraction between the environment and the person who resides in thatplace. The focus of this essay willbe to explore mankind’s connections with architecture, looking at differentreasons for this. The essay will look at many points. The first being howarchitecture has changed over the past hundred years, looking into the changesthat have taken place within the architectural industry, and the social andhistorical reasons for this. The secondpoint is how people connect with architecture and how it has changed, includingsentimental, appreciative and functionality attachments all which refer toemotions and how it plays a part in our lives. The third will be to look at howand what all this means for architecture/minimalist architecture in today’ssociety.What is Emotion?The word ’emotion’ isgenerally related to a wide variety of phenomena, such as sentiments, passions,moods and temperaments. Even though these words are frequently usedcorrespondently, they do in fact associate to specific and various experientialphenomena.
Emotions are designed because they indicate and imply a relationbetween the person experiencing them, a particular event or surrounding. Onemay be proud of something, afraid of something, in love with something and soon. Furthermore, people are normally able to identify the subject of theiremotions. We know what and who we love, what and who makes us angry. Usually theduration of an emotion can be limited to seconds or at best minutes.
The rootof what evokes an emotion can be on an event in an environment such as a personcalling out a person’s name or catching sight of a building or a particularchange in you within the manner of memories or thoughts. Like Zumthor expressedin the preface. I some particular cases a person may be unknowing to the causeof their emotion.
They might be angry at a person without knowledge of theexact cause of the anger or intrigued by a specific space without knowing thereason for that particular fascination wit the building itself. Moods tend to have a morerelatively long-term character. A person can be cheerful or sad for many hoursor even several days. None the less moods, just like emotions are quick statesthat are limited to time. The main difference between moods and emotions isthat moods are naturally non-intentional such as a person not being sad orcheerful about something but rather the surrounds in general or as in the wordsof Frijda at “at the world as a whole”. Whereas emotions are evoked by a cause,moods have a combined cause wherefore we are normally unable to specify thecause of the certain mood. A person is sometimes not even aware of being in acertain mood, for instance being grumpy in the morning.
They would only noticethemselves being grumpy when questioned by another. Emotional traits can be viewedas forms of mood that are characteristic for a certain type of person. One canhave a gloomy or cheerful character. Moods and emotional traits are talked ofby their duration whilst everyone has a grumpy mood from time to time meansthat not everyone will have a character that is grumpy. Moods and emotionaltraits can be confusing as to the same words being used to express the traitsas well as the mood. ‘This person is gloomy verses ‘This person is gloomytoday’.
Emotional traits are like moods, non-intentional as they often are notdirected towards a specific subject but at the world in general. Like emotional traits, sentimentsare dispositional states that may carry on through a person’s lifetime. The maindifference between sentiments and emotional traits is that, like emotions, sentimentsinclude a person to subject relationship. Our sentiments are like our likes anddislikes. Our attitudes towards a particular architecture or architect.