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Brain Landscape The Coexistence of Neuroscience and Architecture

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Overview

Brain Landscape: The Coexistence of Neuroscience and Architecture is the first book to serve as an intellectual bridge between architectural practice and neuroscience research. John P. Eberhard, founding President of the non-profit Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, argues that increased funding, and the ability to think beyond the norm, will lead to a better understanding of how scientific research can change how we design, illuminate, and build spaces. Inversely, he posits that by better understanding the effects that buildings and places have on us, and our mental state, the better we may be able to understand how the human brain works. This book is devoted to describing architectural design criteria for schools, offices, laboratories, memorials, churches, and facilities for the aging, and then posing hypotheses about human experiences in such settings.

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An outstanding new book, Brain Landscape , argues that the time is ripe to develop paradigms that deeply integrate neuroscientific insights into architectural design practice and create classrooms that impact the cognitive processes of children, hospital rooms that impact the recovery rate of patients and work environments that improve white collar productivity as well as other spaces that favorably impact the brain.

The book is a treasure trove for the cognitive designer. The author, John Eberhard, provides grand vision....As well as a number of well-grounded hypotheses that are specific enough to guide design work..."—As reviewed on the blog Cognitive Design

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195331721
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Three approaches to consciousness 25

Ch. 2 Neuroscience and the design of educational places 46

Ch. 3 Vision and light in architectural settings 68

Ch. 4 Memorials, sacred places, and memory 89

Ch. 5 Memory of places and spaces and the design of facilities for the aging 117

Ch. 6 Systems neuroscience and building systems applied to workplace design 135

Ch. 7 Methods and models for future research 154

App. 1 Environment-behavior studies : a precursor for neuroscience in design 168

App. 2 A basic library of neuroscience 180

App. 3 Architecture : history and practice 204

Bibliography 243

Index 249

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