Architecture and neuroscience

For thousands of years, holistic architectural practices have taught that buildings profoundly influence every aspect of our lives. Now neuroscience explains why. “Changes in the environment change the brain, and therefore they change our behaviour.”

Enriched environments might enhance the performance of the human brain, and the growth of new brain cells. Whitelaw is cautious about this profound idea, particularly because architects have learned they shouldn’t overpromise, as some did with the energy-saving benefits of green design. “I’m not saying that we’re going to be able to evolve the human brain further,” she says. Using color, lighting, and layout, though, architects may be able to design places to provide the sensory experiences that neuroscience demonstrates produce the best brain response.

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