Date of Submission

Spring 2023

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Kristin Lane

Project Advisor 2

Frank Scalzo

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This proposed study examines the effect of architectural liminality on the emotional experience of occupying buildings. Liminality is a quality of strangeness in built spaces which arises from deviations in normal, expected, or logical design. These deviations may create a sense of unease or being creeped out. The proposed study tests the self-reported emotional reaction of participants to one of two buildings, one having liminal traits and the other being without them. It is hypothesized that a greater degree of discomfort or nervousness will be reported in the liminal space than in the nonliminal.

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