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

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The Architect's Brain: Neuroscience, Creativity, andArchitecture is the first book to consider therelationship between the neurosciences and architecture, offering acompelling and provocative study in the field of architecturaltheory.

  • Explores various moments of architectural thought over thelast 500 years as a cognitive manifestation of philosophical,psychological, and physiological theory
  • Looks at architectural thought through the lens of theremarkable insights of contemporary neuroscience, particularly asthey have advanced within the last decade
  • Demonstrates the neurological justification for some verytimeless architectural ideas, from the multisensorynature of the architectural experience to the essentialrelationship of ambiguity and metaphor to creative thinking

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Did classical and Renaissance theory in fact have a biologicalbasis? Does the architect possess a highly specialized brain? Isneuroscience today providing architecture with a new foundation fordesign thought?

These are a few of the compelling suggestions offered by thisrichly detailed study, which explores--from two perspectives--theissue of how architects and designers view the phenomenal world. Inpart one of The Architect's Brain, Mallgrave sketchesvarious moments of architectural thought over the last 500 years asa cognitive manifestation of philosophical, psychological, andphysiological theory. In part two, he repositions this questionfrom the perspective of the remarkable insights of contemporaryneuroscience, particularly as they have advanced within the lastdecade.

What emerges is a surprising neurological justification for somevery timeless architectural ideas, from the multisensorynature of the architectural experience to the essentialrelationship of ambiguity and metaphor to creative thinking. Theauthor cogently argues that architecture (aside from itsintellectual affectations) is radically an emotional and perceptualact grounded in biological values that should be placed in theforeground. Not since Richard Neutra's Survival ThroughDesign (1954) has such a provocative thesis been put forth inthe field of architectural theory.

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Harry Francis Mallgrave is a professor of architectureat Illinois Institute of Technology, and has enjoyed adistinguished career as an award-winning scholar, translator, andarchitect. His most recent publications include ModernArchitectural Theory: A Historical Survey, 1673-1968, and thetwo-volume Architectural Theory: An Anthology from Vitruvius to2005 (Wiley-Blackwell 2008).  His forthcomingIntroduction to Architectual Theory will be published byWiley-Blackwell in 2010.

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