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Architecture and Embodiment The Implications of the New Sciences and Humanities for Design

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ISBN-10: 0415810205

ISBN-13: 9780415810203

Edition: 2013

Authors: Harry Francis Mallgrave

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In recent years we have seen a number of dramatic discoveries within the biological and related sciences. Traditional arguments such as "nature versus nurture" are rapidly disappearing because of the realization that just as we are affecting our environments, so too do these altered environments restructure our cognitive abilities and outlooks. If the biological and technological breakthroughs are promising benefits such as extended life expectancies, these same discoveries also have the potential to improve in significant ways the quality of our built environments. This poses a compelling challenge to conventional architectural theory...This is the first book to consider these new…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 2/26/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Darwin's haunting
Bowerbirds and mating habits
The human brain
The visual brain
The hedonic circuit
The culture of architecture
Images and words
Radical embodiment
Brain plasticity and enculturation
Cultural change
The psychological model of cognitive evolution
The cultural model of cognitive evolution
The culture of architecture
The fractious brain
Later stages of visual processing
Feelings and emotions
Panksepp and Damasio
Feelings and emotions in architecture
Experiencing architecture
Theories of empathy
The empathic Bauhaus
Embodied simulation
Play, rituals, and other artistic things
On the origin of art
The play-instinct
Human evolution
From Darwin to Dissanayake
Epilogue: some concluding remarks