These two phrases from the brief article seem like they're at odds with each other, no?
"surrounded by an intentionally confusing layout" "providing a sense of safety and calm through exceptional familiarity"
Casinos work hard to impose the same effect.
If you've watched the show The Americans, you probably recall the scene of Nina's execution, and that was based on real life practice: walk the condemned through a twisty corridor with lots of turns to disorient them so it doesn't dawn on them that the purpose of the walk is their killing.
Meanwhile, architects are working on facilities for elderly people with dementia, and trying to impose the exact opposite: provide the patients with visual cues to keep them as oriented as feasible.
Here's an excellent episode of an excellent podcast about this:
I'm not sure about the Gruen Effect, but can verify the Doorway Effect is real.
Props to the man for not wanting to cooperate.
Is there a word for 'the Ikea effect'?
AKA showing you everything and forcing you to waste your time rather than just allowing you to quickly target the one thing you came for. Exponentially made worse depending on how many people are present in your party.
Wow, I have been in Southdale Mall in Edina, Minnesota many times throughout my early life but never knew of Victor Gruen. It does feel comfortable in a way, and I don't even like malls. Southdale is still a very high-end mall.
There is a show on the national broadcaster in Australia that literally just deals with this.
Wow, this is like facebook IRL! Draw them in with a specific goal (like reading a message in a chat), then confuse them until they don't know what they wanted to do, and are unable to leave... :P
Is there a name for the equivalent techniques used to homogenize local television news and make it so domestic and familiar?
I didn't realize that there was a name for this, but this feels like every Vegas casino. They also do lots of other tricky things, like not generally allowing windows or having clocks on the wall.
“Inner space is no longer a neat literary metaphor for alienation. Thanks to mobile technology, it has become virtual real estate”
Many more shopping malls started opening using similar designs and were very popular until the 1990s.
"Until the 1990s"(!) :-) Try a modern Westfield mall. They're usually rammed full of people and doing crazy levels of business, based around a similar approach.
If hacking is illegal, then why isn't hacking into the mind?
Tell me about it. I entered this IKEA three months ago. I hope to some day find my way out.