Neuroscience for Architecture

A handful of architects and designers are now looking at design from the perspective of how the brain responds to the built environment. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg begins her article about the evolution of neuroscience with,

” “I know it when I see it,” the crucial phrase used by Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart to describe “hardcore” pornography in a landmark 1964 obscenity case, may very handily be applied in the disciplines of architecture and urban design. Operating in the necessarily messy environment of cities, architects and urban designers are trained to recognize and create environments that support functional, thriving human lives. For the most part, that education is geared toward the aesthetic and the sociological – observation, theoretical texts and case studies help inform students of what makes quality urbanism, so that they may become the trusted professionals who can say with authority, “I know it when I see it.” But a particular slice of the design academy craves a more scientific, evidence-based approach – and believe that the holy grail of quantitative rigor is just emerging, in the form of neuroscience.”

With more recognition of people with different cognitive approaches, and conditions such as acquired brain injury, research into neuroscience and the built environment is now essential for inclusive world.

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