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Dall’intuizione all’immersione: architettura e neuroscienze

Melissa Farling
Academy of Neuroscience For Architecture, United States


Argues that architect’s have a moral imperative to transform and support living conditions and recommends a hippocratic oath for architects to recognise their responsibility to support human wellbeing. A value change needs to shift from considering architecture as an object to architecture as experience and architectural education must take the lead. Discusses the importance of empathy and defining performance outcomes. Suggest ways to apply neuroscientific research at multiple scales
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Keywords: Hippocratic oath, prison design, empathy, school design, performance outcomes



Pages: 176-192

Published by: Firenze University Press

Publication year: 2021

DOI: 10.36253/978-88-5518-286-7.11

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Farling, M.; 2021; Dall’intuizione all’immersione: architettura e neuroscienze. Firenze, Firenze University Press.


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