Form Follows Function; Act Follows Form How the Form and Shape of Our Objects Affect Our Behaviour

  • István Frigyes Váli Department of Graphics, Form and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, H-1521 Budapest, P.O.B. 91, Hungary

Abstract

The objects we plan, form and shape also shape our lives. From the smallest human-made objects such as a city map to the biggest such as a city, they all have a bearing on our lives. They make a major impact on the way we feel and on our physical and mental health. This paper approaches the matter through different examples, primarily looking at the effects made by the form and shape of objects. A look at the use of our everyday objects shows in what ways and to what extent the different planning methods and principles may affect our habits and lives, how they serve society and what unexpected side-effects they may have at times. Harry Beck's Tube Map from 1933, the Legible London way-finding system, and Terminal 3 of Narita International Airport are fine examples of the possible links between the forms and uses of objects. The analysis sheds some light on the importance of cooperation between disciplines, in both planning and architect training.

Keywords: environmental graphic design, wayfinding, public transportation network map, mental map, spatial orientation, navigation in a built environment
Published online
2018-12-03
How to Cite
Váli, I. “Form Follows Function; Act Follows Form How the Form and Shape of Our Objects Affect Our Behaviour”, Periodica Polytechnica Architecture. doi: https://doi.org/10.3311/PPar.12511.
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