Buildings and the Brain

Neuroscience and Society Series

April 05, 2018

Using scientific methodology, architects and neuroscientists are increasingly collaborating to explore the variety of human experiences that can change with the design of buildings. Does it matter to our brains if a building has lots of curves or lots of sharp angles? As we walk the streets of our cities, what are the effects on our brains of façade design, greenspaces, and street geometry? Sophisticated neuroimaging technologies have made it possible to answer questions like these. Finally, the program will address the special challenges when designing buildings and rooms for individuals suffering from the extreme neurological deficits that are present in dementia, in general, and Alzheimer’s, in particular.

Justin Hollander, Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy, Tufts University 
Eve Edelstein, Research Director, Human Experience and Gadget Labs, Perkins+Will  
Margaret Calkins, Board Chair, IDEAS Institute 
Discussant: Frederick Marks, Visiting Scholar and Research Collaborator, Salk Institute for Biological Studies 
See also our blogpost from the event: Buildings and the Brain

 This event, part of the AAAS Neuroscience and Society series, was co-sponsored by the Dana Foundation.