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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: Historical Essays

1. The Humanist Brain (Alberti, Vitruvius, and Leonardo).

2. The Enlightened Brain (Perrault, Laugier, and Le Roy).

3. The Sensational Brain (Burke, Price, and Knight).

4. The Transcendental Brain (Kant and Schopenhauer).

5. The Animate Brain (Schinkel, Bötticher, and Semper).

6. The Empathetic Brain (Vischer, Wölfflin, and Göller).

7. The Gestalt Brain (The Dynamics of the Sensory Field).

8. The Neurological Brain (Hayek, Hebb, and Neutra).

9. The Phenomenal Brain (Merleau-Ponty, Rasmussen, and Pallasmaa).

Part Two: Neuroscience and Architecture.

10. Anatomy: Architecture of the Brain.

11. Ambiguity: Architecture of Vision.

12. Metaphor: Architecture of Embodiment.

13. Hapticity: Architecture of the Senses.

14. Epilogue: The Architect's Brain.

Endnotes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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Harry Francis Mallgrave is a professor of architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology and has enjoyed a distinguished career as an award-winning scholar, translator, and architect. His most recent publications include Modern Architectural Theory: A Historical Survey, 1673–1968, and the two-volume Architectural Theory: An Anthology from Vitruvius to 2005 (Wiley-Blackwell 2008). His forthcoming Introduction to Architectural Theory: 1968 to the Present. A Critical History will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2010. 
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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.
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"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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