Amending Navigation Through Perception
The vision, as the primary mechanism for navigating the physical world, has undermined the importance of other perceptual systems in architecture. As we can observe in the Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) Stations, the experimentation of the space has been marginalized to a point where information-based perceptual responses no longer perform an essential role in the navigation process. Generally, sensory characteristics of the built space have been determined by building design’s standards, however, these regulations only measure human comfort which are byproducts of insufficient analysis of the interaction between stimuli and human perception
. This tenuous connection between stimuli and perception has a sociological effect: detachment. The disconnection between the built environment’s stimulus, the inhabitant’s body and his perception has caused a collective state of distraction, which leads to the collective behavior of habit. How does architecture, using stimulations, that respond to the basic orientation and haptic perceptual system, establish new cognitive navigation patterns within the Bart Stations?
Studying the differences between habitual and volatile behavior, defining habitual behavior as conscious responses corresponding to visual stimulations and volatile behavior as the unconscious cognitive responses to hidden stimulations, will generate the mechanism and cognitive maps that can be used for the creation of a more elevated perceptually inform-base navigation within the built space.