Roundtable on Neuro-Architecture

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As the roundtable session was drawing to a close, Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo mentioned that urban populations are 39 percent more likely to develop depression than their rural counterparts: ‘Why is this? Maybe our brains are not yet ready for the environments that architects and urbanists built over the years.’ Ann Sussman responded with a provocative remark about the brain’s reaction to modern environments: ‘The more I do research on cognitive architecture, the more I believe that nature essentially presets what we want to experience and see. That is why I can go to Italy as a 23-year-old and immediately feel more at home in Sienna than I ever felt anywhere in the USA. This makes sense, because the architecture of Sienna externalizes the internalized architecture that our brains need to see in order to feel safe, easily move about and experience narrative coherence. We don’t have a modern brain; we have an antique brain.’ [...]

-Dr Frank Suurenbroek & Dr Gideon Spanjar from AUAS

-Dr Jordan Lacey is an Australian Research Council fellow and senior lecturer across RMIT University’s School of Design and School of Art

-Justin Hollander, PhD, FAICP is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.

-Ann Sussman is a trained architect, Boston Architectural College (BAC), co-author of the groundbreaking study Cognitive Architecture (2015) and co-founder of

Davide Ruzzon is professor of architecture at the University of Venice (IUAV), co-founder of the master Neuroscience Applied to Architectural Design and member of the Academy of Neuro-Architecture.

-Lecturer in Architecture and a Research Associate at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University

-Michael A. Arbib is University Professor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences, and Psychology at the University of Southern California.

-Elnaz Ghazi is actively working as lecturer (Docente a Contratto) at Master of Neuroesthetics in department of Medicine and Surgery ( Medical Systems) at Tor Vergata University of Rome in Italy.

-Dr. Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo is President and founder of NeuroLandscape. She has a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture and Urban Ecology from the University of Porto (Portugal) and is a researcher at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore.

Period1 Jul 2021
Event typeSeminar
LocationAmsterdam, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational