LeCorbusier and Freud walk into the Acropolis. Both men stand in disbelief and express a feeling of oceanic space; a connection to a greater and ambiguous Other. LeCorbusier returns to his studio rededicated to elementary forms and transcendent architecture - the release of aesthetic emotion; Freud chalks up the feeling as guilt over surpassing his father and incomplete individuation (Anecdote paraphrased from Vidler, 2002).
The architect and the psychologist had the same feeling in the same space. The meaning for each was different.
History and state of mind likely played a role in each of these mens' experience. However, it can be noted that in both, the place triggered a feeling. What is the tangled complexity between physical and psychological space? As architects, how do we use physical and psychological space in the design process? How do the experience and practice of architecture integrate?
Vidler, Anthony. "Framing Identity: Le Corbusier, Ayn Rand, and the Idea of 'Ineffable Space'". Warped Space: Art, Archtiecture, and Anxiety in Modern Culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2002. 51-64. Print.