The Architect's Brain: Neuroscience, Creativity, and Architecture

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John Wiley & Sons, May 25, 2011 - Architecture - 288 pages
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The Architect's Brain: Neuroscience, Creativity, and Architecture is the first book to consider the relationship between the neurosciences and architecture, offering a compelling and provocative study in the field of architectural theory.
  • Explores various moments of architectural thought over the last 500 years as a cognitive manifestation of philosophical, psychological, and physiological theory
  • Looks at architectural thought through the lens of the remarkable insights of contemporary neuroscience, particularly as they have advanced within the last decade
  • Demonstrates the neurological justification for some very timeless architectural ideas, from the multisensory nature of the architectural experience to the essential relationship of ambiguity and metaphor to creative thinking
 

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Contents

Introduction
The Humanist Brain
The Enlightened Brain
The Sensational Brain
The Transcendental Brain
The Animate Brain
The Empathetic Brain
The Gestalt Brain
Anatomy
Ambiguity
Metaphor
Hapticity
Epilogue
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

The Neurological Brain
The Phenomenal Brain

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About the author (2011)

Harry Francis Mallgrave is a professor of architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology and has enjoyed a distinguished career as an award-winning scholar, translator, and architect. His most recent publications include Modern Architectural Theory: A Historical Survey, 1673–1968, and the two-volume Architectural Theory: An Anthology from Vitruvius to 2005 (Wiley-Blackwell 2008). His forthcoming Introduction to Architectural Theory: 1968 to the Present. A Critical History will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2010. 

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