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Jessica Pykett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314042

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314042.001.0001

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Designing cerebral cities

Designing cerebral cities

(p.71) Three Designing cerebral cities
Brain culture

Jessica Pykett

Policy Press

This chapter explores the knowledge and practices associated with the new field of neuro-architecture. This novel interdisciplinary approach integrates the established tradition of environmental psychology with approaches from artificial intelligence, systems computation and neurobiology. Neuro-architecture seeks to establish applied approaches to urban planning and design which take into account both the effects of the built environment on brain activity, and the neurological correlates of space perception – the ‘push’ of the world around us. This chapter outlines the organising concepts and methodologies of the small field of neuro-architecture and places it in the much broader context of environmental psychology and urban design disciplines. Examples are given of policies and practices associated with designing spaces to improve learning and shape health-related behaviours. The chapter examines how a particular spirit, ethos, moral and political stance is engendered through the disposition of people, things and attention in space, and identifies the democratic problems posed by a potentially brain-based spatial rationality.

Keywords:   environmental psychology, health spaces, learning spaces, neuro-architecture, spatial rationality, urban design

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