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11: Engaging Cognitive Processes Using Materials

Materials play a very important role in defining the characteristics of an architectural space. They are sensed majorly by the visual and tactile senses which are the primary and tertiary senses that a human depends upon. Some materials also provide for auditory and olfactory perceptions if the designer wishes. Much of the spatial experience is monitored by the materials that dominate the space.


A direct link is established between materials and the role they play in influencing the cognition of a human mind through the different sensations and perceptions.

A hint at the usability of each and every material in a sustainable fashion, the perception of sustainability in the human mind.

The usage of materials in different scales and proportions to dominate and influence a larger area of the experienced frame.

Establishing the 7-fold idea of sustainability.

  • To study all the kinds of materials that have been used in architectural spaces.

  • To correlate how materials are perceived by the human brain.

  • To conceive manners in which a material is perceived by different individuals.

  • To scrutinize the impacts of well-preferred combination materials.


Shivani Katiyar

S.Giri Prasad

tactile sensation; texture perception; texture gradient; texture psychology; somatosensory system; sustainable architecture

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