Using Biometrics to Design Better Places for People


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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand essential human biology and learn how to track and record hidden behaviors that underlie the experience of place.
  • Realize how biometric tools such as eye-tracking and galvanic skin response can be used to design spaces and places that enhance individual and community well-being.
  • Learn how historic inequities in urban design can be addressed by understanding the human subliminal experience and drawing on psychology and neuroscience.

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Although the design and layout of the built environment influence on our mental and physical health and well-being, developments are seldom planned or designed with the human experience in mind. Biometrics are innovative tools that planners can use to understand how subliminal brain behavior drives the experience of urban settings.

Presenters conduct two brief, interactive experiments to demonstrate how biometrics work and why they are significant in architecture and urban planning. Speakers use case studies, preference studies, and video — as well as biometric outputs such as heat maps, gaze-path images, and galvanic-skin-response graphics — and demonstrate how planners can use these tools to understand how specific visual stimuli directly impact mind and body alike. Understanding these impacts helps planners build healthy places and spaces designed for people first.

Speakers demonstrate how historic inequities in urban design and urban form can be addressed through better understanding of the human subliminal experience. Learn how to use psychology and neuroscience to design places, forgoing racist and discriminatory practices.