Daten zum Projekt

Into the Glass Mind: How Glass in Contemporary Architecture Shapes Perception, Action, and Social Behavior

Initiative: European Platform
Bewilligung: 20.07.2011
Laufzeit: 2 Jahre


Glass has become a defining feature of contemporary architecture. In the shape of facades, windows, doors, canopies, winter gardens, staircases, walkways and walls, glass is found as a core structural element in public and private buildings alike. Its diverse applicability has been closely associated with one of its defining characteristics: Glass can be transparent. In consequence, the material often forms an invisible barrier. What remains to be determined, however, is how humans perceive, represent and act around such barriers. The project describes a series of experiments designed to address this empirical lacuna. As a collaborative endeavor between an anthropologist, an architect, a neuroscientist, a social psychologist, and two vision scientists, the project ultimately aims at providing crossdisciplinary insights upon which the architectural use of glass in man-made living and working environments.


  • Emily Cross, Ph. D.

    Bangor University
    School of Psychology
    Adeilad Brigantia
    Bangor Gwynedd

  • Radoslaw Martin Cichy

    Humboldt-Universität Berlin
    Bernstein Center for Computational
    Neuroscience Berlin

  • Alexandra Allison de Sousa, Ph. D.

    Queen Mary University of London
    School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

  • Marcin Leszczynski

    Universität München
    Fakultät für Psychologie und Pädagogik
    Allgemeine und Experimentelle Psychologie

  • Dr.-Ing. Gesine Marquardt

    Technische Universität Dresden
    Fachbereich Architektur/Gebäudelehre und Entwerfen
    Emmy Noether-Arbeitsgruppe "Architektur im
    demografischen Wandel"

  • Susanne Quadflieg, Ph. D.

    Université catholique de Louvain
    Department of Psychology