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Spatial Intelligence: New Futures for Architecture

ISBN: 978-0-470-72323-4
208 pages
October 2008
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The book is organised into three distinct sections that in turn highlight the significance of spatial intelligence for architecture: the first section provides an overview of spatial intelligence as a human capability; the second section argues how the acknowledgement of this capability in architectural education and the profession should enable the demystification of the practice of design, forming the basis of a more democratic interface between society and practice; the final section explores exciting new opportunities for practice in the linking of real and virtual environments in the information age.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 008

Chapter One: The mechanics of spatial intelligence 022

Chapter Two: How spatial intelligence builds our mental space 036

Chapter Three: The disruption of the unity of time, place and architecture, and some precursors of reunification 057

Chapter Four: Intuitives: confronting spatial intelligence – tracing the use of spatial intelligence 082

Chapter Five: Pioneers of mental space – tracing the use of spatial intelligence 140

Chapter Six: New futures for architects: new roles for practitioners 164

Chapter Seven: New professionalism – new practice manifesto 182

Index 201

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Author Information

Leon van Schaik is Professor of Architecture (Innovation Chair) at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. From his base in Melbourne, he has promoted local and international architectural culture through practice-based research. In 2006 he was awarded an Order of Australia, Officer (AO) in the General Division, for service to architecture as an academic, practitioner and educator, and to the community through involvement with a wide range of boards and organisations related to architecture, culture and the arts. He is the author of Mastering Architecture: Becoming a Creative Innovator in Practice (John Wiley & Sons, 2005), and Design City Melbourne, (John Wiley & Sons, 2006).
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