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Cognitive‐Cultural Looping Mechanism of Urban Space Conceptualization

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  • Zahra Alinam, Architecture & Urbanism Faculty, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Tabriz, Iran, Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Kristian Tylén
  • Mohammad Taghi Pirbabaei, Architecture & Urbanism Faculty, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Tabriz, Iran, Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Minou Gharehbaglou, Architecture & Urbanism Faculty, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Tabriz, Iran, Iran, Islamic Republic of

A crucial point for urban design is the acknowledgement that urban material structures are not only constituting a set of cognitive-cultural affordances that shapes people’s behavior and experiential world, but likewise that the design process itself is an expression of cultural conceptualizations possibly evoked by ongoing cultural practices and perceptions, thus forming a dynamic loop. In this paper, we outline a framework for the study of material, cultural and social mechanisms interacting with human cognition, behavior and emotions. We attempt a conceptual model that integrates dynamic interactions between cognitive-cultural affordances and our conceptualization of the environment and provides a few illustrative case examples. The model proposes a set of dynamic relations between cognitive and cultural processes at shorter time scales modifying conceptualizations and environmental affordances on longer timescales, while these – in turn – come to guide and constrain processes at the shorter timescales. The model has important implications for our understanding of the role of environmental design, especially urban design, as bridging between aspects of human situated experience, behavior, social and cultural norms and material culture.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIntegrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
Number of pages19
ISSN1932-4502
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Aug 2021

    Research areas

  • Affordance, Cognition, Conceptualization, Human behavior, Urban design

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