Psychologists have proven that people prefer the friendlier side of buildings: an aesthetic care of back facades might have positive repercussions in the collective mood of a city.
The relationship between buildings’ street façades and the collective mood /
The front façades of buildings tend to absorb their aesthetical identity, while their posterior side tend to feature the darker sides of these buildings: carelessness, trash, unattractive materials, etc. The latter becomes particularly relevant if we consider the following study.
Testing, Testing! Was a tour given a renowned urban lab, which studies the psychological repercussions that the back façades of buildings, those that are usually ignored, have on the passers. Evidently the result was negative, since the aesthetical surroundings have a direct influence on the level of safety that people immediately perceive and in turn, project.
This study’s results seem to show that if we were to implement a program that renewed the back exteriors of buildings we’d be regenerating a significant portion of cities, which could have many beneficial consequences —both in terms of the physical aspect of a place and its social tissue.
We must keep in mind that ever ‘renewable” surface within a city is an opportunity to enrich the urban experience and thus elevate the citizen’s living standards.Tagged: urbanism, public space, mind, psychology