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While this may not seem like a novel concept today the idea of building a massive temple, amphitheater or senate house wasn't constructed with environmental psychology or the emotional response elicited. Today you can find videos and lectures on designing a building or space with emotions in
The Romans put the "arch" in "architecture."mind. Hospitals, dentist offices, book stores and shops are designed to create a specific emotional response in us. Even libraries are designed with great attention to the environment. Their wide open, majestic spaces give a sense of grandeur and importance, the hidden cubbies a sense of privacy and the colors and light create a space of quiet study or reflection.
But, long before there was a class in school titled "Environmental Psychology" architectures were building works of art that still drew out of the viewer an emotional response. Bernini's roundabout, Raguzzini's theatrical Piazza di Sant’Ignazio outside the 3-D painting inside Saint Ignazio church, and St. Peter's Square are just several examples of the awe that a building can inspire. Ancient Roman architecture teaches us a building can inspire emotion, happiness, awe, or disgust even when that is not its purpose, simply because architecture makes us feel something.