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.