Friday, January 21, 2011

Salk was so certain of the effect of Assisi’s architecture on his work that he later hired Louis Kahn to build the now famous Salk Institute (photos below), and the influence of Assisi is clearly visible – the simple, harmonious colonnades, the long vistas, the pale buttery colour of the stone. Some of the scientific findings in the article confirm what we might already have guessed, while others are more surprising. Lighter, brighter spaces with full-spectrum lighting increase alertness and help guard against depression and, later in life, against cognitive decline. Conversely, rooms intended mainly for relaxation should feature darker colours, dimmer lighting, fewer sharp edges on furniture and bookshelves (these activate the part of the brain that alerts us to danger), and more carpeting. Lower ceilings improve performance in detail-oriented tasks, whereas high ceilings encourage abstract creative thought. Views of nature, particularly distant trees and green space, are proven to significantly aid in creativity, concentration and memory (and in combatting ADD in children).

8 comments:

tooknap press said...

did you write this?
have you seen the louis kahn doc?

inkysocks said...

no i didn't. i did see the doc, though.

Popcorn Youth said...

the salk institute is one of my favorite compounds in the world. i grew up with it less than a mile away and always loved wandering the stone pathways, it really is one of the most special buildings in san diego...

inkysocks said...

i really want to see it. and i was going to ask you for montreal tips, too, but our montreal trip has turned into a portland trip.

Popcorn Youth said...

wait, portland maine or portland oregon?? i am currently in the midst planning a trip to portland maine myself, and i would LOVE any travel trips! i'm worried that there won't be too much open at the end of feb (when i have to go on this trip)...

inkysocks said...

no, we're actually going to portland, oregon, though a trip to portland, maine sounds excellent.

i've read about this place: http://www.forestreet.biz/

Popcorn Youth said...

oh! i used to live in portland. i love that city.

you must: shop at exiled records. eat at navarre. buy charcuterie at olympic provisions. $5 late night pizzas at nostrana. crawfish at abc seafood. lebanese at ya hala. used cookbooks at the powells annex on hawthorne. lunch at evoe. thrifting at rad summer. alien-themed drinks at the space room. the spectacular pho at pho oregon.

(and this was just off of the top of my head. i could go on.... :)

inkysocks said...

i love this list! we'll take it, and if you think of anything else, we'll add it.