Redefining Structural Art : A Neuroaesthetics Perspective on the Art of Structural Design

Shuaizhong Wang, Toni Kotnik, Joseph Schwartz

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Structural art should not be marginalised as an integral part of structural design. By reviewing historical understandings of structural art, this article discusses the ambiguous and neglected perspective of structural art on architectural design and human perception dimensions, concentrating the attention of structural art on the question of human aesthetic perception. Based on significant changes in how art is perceived due to recent neuroaesthetics research, this article introduces recent findings from cognitive neuroscience regarding embodied perception principles, sheds new light on the aesthetic experiences inherent in the built environment, and clarifies and expands previously held beliefs about structural art. Finally, while emphasising the significance of structural art, this article attempts to provide a body-informed perspective on structural art that can aid in incorporating human neuroaesthetic perception principles during the conceptual phase of the structural design process, thereby redefining the effect of structures on architectural space and aesthetics, thus redefining structural art.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalArchitecture, Structures and Construction
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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