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Mind in Architecture: Neuroscience, Embodiment, and the Future of Design

Robinson, Sarah, Pallasmaa, Juhani

Published by The MIT Press
ISBN 10: 0262028875 / ISBN 13: 9780262028875
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Title: Mind in Architecture: Neuroscience, ...

Publisher: The MIT Press

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"This book has its origins at the Minding Design symposium that took place at Taliesin West in November, 2012, an event sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture." Editor(s): Robinson, Sarah; Pallasmaa, Juhani. Num Pages: 272 pages, 47 color illus., 24 b&w illus. BIC Classification: AMA. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 239 x 187 x 26. Weight in Grams: 830. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780262028875

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Although we spend more than ninety percent of our lives inside buildings, we understand very little about how the built environment affects our behavior, thoughts, emotions, and well-being. We are biological beings whose senses and neural systems have developed over millions of years; it stands to reason that research in the life sciences, particularly neuroscience, can offer compelling insights into the ways our buildings shape our interactions with the world. This expanded understanding can help architects design buildings that support both mind and body. In Mind in Architecture, leading thinkers from architecture and other disciplines, including neuroscience, cognitive science, psychiatry, and philosophy, explore what architecture and neuroscience can learn from each other. They offer historical context, examine the implications for current architectural practice and education, and imagine a neuroscientifically informed architecture of the future.

Architecture is late in discovering the richness of neuroscientific research. As scientists were finding evidence for the bodily basis of mind and meaning, architecture was caught up in convoluted cerebral games that denied emotional and bodily reality altogether. This volume maps the extraordinary opportunity that engagement with cutting-edge neuroscience offers present-day architects.

ContributorsThomas D. Albright, Michael Arbib, John Paul Eberhard, Melissa Farling, Vittorio Gallese, Alessandro Gattara, Mark L. Johnson, Harry Francis Mallgrave, Iain McGilchrist, Juhani Pallasmaa, Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Sarah Robinson

About the Author: Sarah Robinson is a practicing architect and the author of Nesting: Body, Dwelling, Mind.

Juhani Pallasmaa, architect, educator, and writer, is the author of more than thirty books, including The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses. He is the former director of both the Finnish Museum of Architecture and the Department of Architecture at Helsinki University of Technology.

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