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

ISBN: 978-1-118-07867-9
288 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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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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Introduction.

Part One.

1. The Humanist Brain.

Alberti and Vitruvius.

De pitura and De statura.

De re aedificatoria.

Filarete and Francesco di Giorgio.

Leonardo da Vinci.

2. The Enlightened Brain.

Perrault and Le Roy.

3. The Sensational Brain.

Burke, Price, Adam.

4. The Transcendental Brain.

Kant and Schopenhauer.

Kant's Forms of Sensibility.

Zweckmässigkeit.

Schlegel and Schelling.

Schopenhauer's Physiology of Will.

5. The Animate Brain.

Schinkel, Bötticher, Semper.

Schinkel's Purposiveness.

Work form/Art Form.

Semper's Metaphor of the Dressing.

6. The Empathetic Brain.

Vischer, Wölfflin, and Göller.

The In-Feeling of Artistic Perception.

The Corporeality of Architectural Emotion.

Memory Images and Jading.

7. The Gestalt Brain.

Wertheimer, Köhler, and Arnheim.

8. The Cognitive Brain.

Piaget, Hayek, and Neutra.

9. The Embodied Brain.

Merleau-Ponty, Rasmussen, and Pallasmaa.

Part Two.

10. The Anatomy of the Human Brain.

11. The Visual Brain.

Zeki and the Idea of Ambiguity.

Visual Perception.

Zeki's Neuroaesthetics.

Ambiguity in Architecture.

Palladio's Redentore.

Abstraction and Ambiguity.

12. Memory, Consciousness, and Creativity.

Edelman and the Embodied Metaphor.

Selectionism and Plasticity.

Memory.

Two Models for Consciousness.

Creativity.

The Embodied Metaphor.

Embodied Metaphors in Architecture.

Pérez-Gómez and the Crisis of the Metaphor.

Toward an Architectural Definition of Embodiment.

13. The Sensory Brain.

Architecture with Feeling.

The Senses.

Auditory Cortex.

Somatosensory Cortex.

Visual Tactility.

Light and Geometry.

Emotions and Feelings.

14. Epilogue.

The Architect's Brain.

Five Lessons of the Neurosciences.

Artificial Intelligence and Digital Design.

Smarter or Dumber by Design?

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Harry Mallgrave is Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology.
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  • 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.
See More
"Hence these two books from the same publisher and by the same author, Harry Francis Mallgrave, sole writer of the former and co-author with David Goodman of the second book, make a valuable contribution to this growing field of knowledge." (Architectural Review, 1 July 2011)

"Since I studied architecture ... I always heard the diatribe about if architecture is an art or a science, I personally believe is both. If you’re interested in both architecture and science be sure to grab a copy of this interesting book." (Eclectic Me Blog, April 2010)

"A gripping interpretation of how the latest advances in neuroscience enlarge our understanding of architecture from Alberti’s belief that a building is a ‘form of body’ to the computer whose dominance in architecture Mallgrave challenges."  David Watkin, University of Cambridge

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