Awareness of the value of designers’ use of visual and audio natural fractal patterns is growing among scientists and informed design clients.
The value of restorative natural settings is well established. Little is known, though, about the potential restorative effect of well-designed urban environments.
Members of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics met for their biennial congress and presented useful findings.
Neuroscientists trying to explain the popularity of the 500-year-old Ryoanji Temple Rock Garden in Kyoto, a UNESCO world heritage cultural property, have determined that the spaces between the rocks and moss in the garden create a fractal tree shape that is subconsciously pleasing to observers.