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Neuroarchitecture: Thinking with Our Buildings

Can the fields of cognitive science and neuroscience improve the built environment? Those studying neuroarchitecture think so.

Admirers of the human brain have taken to calling it “the most complex structure in the universe,” and they have a good point: it holds 100 billion neurons, and each neuron is connected to 10,000 other neurons. There are major discoveries still being made about some of the brain’s basic functions.

Perhaps the most intriguing trend for creative types such as architects and designers is the demolition of the limited association between the brain and the mind. Decades of research and work on our understanding of embodied cognition tells us that the entire body shapes and contributes to human cognition and mental states.

Published March 8, 2017