Mind in Architecture

Mind in Architecture

Neuroscience, Embodiment, and the Future of Design

Edited by Sarah Robinson and Juhani Pallasmaa

Leading neuroscientists and architects explore how the built environment affects our behavior, thoughts, emotions, and well-being.
Hardcover $35.95 T £29.95
Paperback $39.95 T £30.00

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Leading neuroscientists and architects explore how the built environment affects our behavior, thoughts, emotions, and well-being.

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.

Contributors Thomas 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

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262028875 270 pp. | 7 in x 9 in 47 color illus., 24 b&w illus.

Paperback

$39.95 T | £30.00 ISBN: 9780262533607 270 pp. | 7 in x 9 in 47 color illus., 24 b&w illus.

Editors

Sarah Robinson

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

Juhani Pallasmaa

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.