Abstract understood. Architecture provides an important setting for


 People connect with architecture in many
different ways, which allows it to be enjoyed and appreciated all over the
world. From an early age I have been fascinated with architecture especially
growing up in London with architecture everywhere, over the years I have found
a certain style within minimalist architecture to have a bigger impact one my
mood when in contact with. They say architectural spaces influence a person’s
emotional state. It must be experienced to be understood. Architecture provides
an important setting for everyone’s life. As architecture is personal and an
essential experience that must be experienced to be understood.

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“There was a time when I
experienced architecture without thinking about it. Sometimes I can almost feel
a particular door handle in my hand, a piece of metal shaped like the back of a
spoon. I used to take hold of it when I went into my aunt’s garden. That door
handle still seems to me like a special sign of entry into a world of different
moods and smells. I remember the sound of the gravel under my feet, the soft
gleam of the waxed oak staircase, I can hear the heavy front door closing
behind me as I walk along the dark corridor and enter the kitchen, the only
really brightly lit room in the house.” 
? Peter Zumthor

Architecture has the power to
evoke a range of emotions, it can be to bring back memories or it can be to
evoke direct emotions, like making you feel big or small, give you a sense of
feeling safe or unsafe. Architecture can sometimes bring us into a spiritual
mood. The same place can make a person feel calm and can make another person
feel uncomfortable and stressed, yet most people if asked would feel big in a
church and unsafe at night in a dark alley. Architectural spaces have certain
atmospheres which can influence the emotional state of a person; the
interaction between the environment and the person who resides in that

The focus of this essay will
be to explore mankind’s connections with architecture, looking at different
reasons for this. The essay will look at many points. The first being how
architecture has changed over the past hundred years, looking into the changes
that have taken place within the architectural industry, and the social and
historical reasons for this.  The second
point is how people connect with architecture and how it has changed, including
sentimental, appreciative and functionality attachments all which refer to
emotions and how it plays a part in our lives. The third will be to look at how
and what all this means for architecture/minimalist architecture in today’s

What is Emotion?

The word ’emotion’ is
generally related to a wide variety of phenomena, such as sentiments, passions,
moods and temperaments. Even though these words are frequently used
correspondently, they do in fact associate to specific and various experiential
phenomena. Emotions are designed because they indicate and imply a relation
between the person experiencing them, a particular event or surrounding. One
may be proud of something, afraid of something, in love with something and so
on. Furthermore, people are normally able to identify the subject of their
emotions. We know what and who we love, what and who makes us angry. Usually the
duration of an emotion can be limited to seconds or at best minutes. The root
of what evokes an emotion can be on an event in an environment such as a person
calling out a person’s name or catching sight of a building or a particular
change in you within the manner of memories or thoughts. Like Zumthor expressed
in the preface. I some particular cases a person may be unknowing to the cause
of their emotion. They might be angry at a person without knowledge of the
exact cause of the anger or intrigued by a specific space without knowing the
reason for that particular fascination wit the building itself.

Moods tend to have a more
relatively long-term character. A person can be cheerful or sad for many hours
or even several days. None the less moods, just like emotions are quick states
that are limited to time. The main difference between moods and emotions is
that moods are naturally non-intentional such as a person not being sad or
cheerful about something but rather the surrounds in general or as in the words
of 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 the
cause of the certain mood. A person is sometimes not even aware of being in a
certain mood, for instance being grumpy in the morning. They would only notice
themselves being grumpy when questioned by another.

Emotional traits can be viewed
as forms of mood that are characteristic for a certain type of person. One can
have a gloomy or cheerful character. Moods and emotional traits are talked of
by their duration whilst everyone has a grumpy mood from time to time means
that not everyone will have a character that is grumpy. Moods and emotional
traits can be confusing as to the same words being used to express the traits
as well as the mood. ‘This person is gloomy verses ‘This person is gloomy
today’. Emotional traits are like moods, non-intentional as they often are not
directed towards a specific subject but at the world in general.

Like emotional traits, sentiments
are dispositional states that may carry on through a person’s lifetime. The main
difference between sentiments and emotional traits is that, like emotions, sentiments
include a person to subject relationship. Our sentiments are like our likes and
dislikes. Our attitudes towards a particular architecture or architect.



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