Special Issue "Human-Centered Design"

A special issue of Urban Science (ISSN 2413-8851).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Nikos A. Salingaros
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Guest Editor
Department of Mathematics, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78249, USA
Interests: architecture; design; patterns; urbanism; urban design; complexity; neuroscience; eye-tracking; fractals; symmetry
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Dr. Ann Sussman
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Guest Editor
The Human Architecture + Planning Institute, Inc., 43 Bradford Street, Concord, MA 01742, USA
Interests: architecture; human perception; biometrics; stress/avoidant responses; built environment
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The issue will explore how the human brain is a social engagement system hardwired for attachment. Recent research uses biometrics including eye-tracking emulation software to document the characteristics of successful built environments. Instrumentation reveals how fixation points draw the human gaze pre-attentively (unconsciously) to provide these requisite attachments, whereas unsuccessful geometries stress the nervous system because they cannot define adequate fixation points. From an urbanistic point of view, the fragmentation of urban space in the 21st century is a consequence of buildings lacking measurable human qualities surrounding open spaces. Design trends responsible for cutting social engagement include the elimination of fixation points for stylistic reasons. An increasingly palpable reality of the city is as a place in which humans do not belong. Short-sighted economic policies and planning processes are transforming everyday life in cities around the world, producing a new fragmented spatial order that is aggravating socio-urban inadequacies. The analysis of urban needs requires new methods of analysis that utilize the latest scientific tools only made available in recent years.

Prof. Dr. Nikos Salingaros
Ann Sussman, R.A.
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Urban Science is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • design
  • architecture
  • urbanism
  • perception
  • biometrics
  • eye-tracking
  • environmental psychology

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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