Project 4 - Abby Elconin Vogel Mon 2:25 Project 4:...

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Abby Elconin Vogel Mon 2:25 Project 4: Preference Grainger Hall Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 In this analysis of Grainger Hall, the aspect building preference is focused on. Since it is theorized that people use the perceptio-cognitive system to process environmental information, this analysis of Grainger Hall focuses on Kaplan’s framework of preference. The framework is made up of two domains, informational needs: understanding and exploration, and the degree of inference: the immediate environment and the inferred environment. When these two domains interfere with one another, this creates four informational factors: coherence, complexity, legibility, and mystery. To fully understand the theoretical and personal preferences of Grainger Hall, each informational factor is looked at separately and then analyzed together as a whole.
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Although coherence and complexity are two different informational factors, they are looked at together because they interact with one another when one receives and remembers environmental information, particularly in regards to the immediate environment; coherence is the understanding aspect and complexity is the exploration aspect. Overall the outside of Grainger Hall has hard surface and form, therefore making it more coherent. But because of the use of different textures, making the building more complex, and because the Gestalt laws are not maximized, the outside of Grainger Hall has medium coherence and low complexity. The law of proximity, the law of similarity, and the law of continutity can all be applied to the exterior walls of Grainger Hall. The windows tend to be grouped together visually into columns, the law of proximity, but one doesn’t perceive these as groups right away because there is a lot of patters and textures on the exterior walls of Grainger Hall (figure 1). With the law of similarity, square shapes of the same color are placed next to each other in the design to make one perceive them as one visual unit. The law of continuity can be applied to Grainger Hall in that one sees these same color squares placed next to each other as a single unit continuing to the top of the building. Much like the outside of Grainger Hall, the inside is also more coherent than it is complex.
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