Intimidating Buildings Can Courthouse Architecture Affect Perceived Likelihood of Conviction

12-11-2012 15:43

Authors: Anne Maass, Ilaria Merici, Erica Villafranca, Rosaria Furlani, Elena Gaburro, Anna Getrevi, and Margherita Masserini.
Year of Publication: 2000
Country of Study: Italy

The goal of this study was to examine whether court buildings can be perceived as intimidating and if they affect the mental processes of users vis-à-vis their expectations of trial outcomes. The study compared reactions of the public to a new courthouse designed along principles of the modernistic era and an old courthouse building with a traditional Italian style.

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  • Academy on Architecture for Justice
  • Cognition
  • Courthouse
  • Courthouse Form
  • Courthouse Style
  • Executive Summaries
  • Justice Architecture
  • Justice Design
  • Perception
  • Research

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