Constructing Health: How the Built Environment Enhances Your Mind’s Health
Published: May 2024© 2024
Imprint: Aevo UTP
Page Count: 304 Pages
Illustrations: 238 colour illustrations
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
304 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 238 colour illustrations
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ISBN: 9781487557232Add to Wishlist
How do buildings make us feel? How can they make us feel better?
Through research at the emerging intersection of neuroscience and architecture, Constructing Health explores how our mind – and its various sensory systems – interacts with our built environment to enhance or harm our health and well-being.
Globally renowned architect Tye Farrow bridges the gap in knowledge between the therapeutic medical world and the design community to reveal how the intentional shaping of our environment can support our physical and neurological well-being. Constructing Health explores recent discoveries in cognitive psychology (the science of the mind) and neuroscience (the science of the brain) to determine how we can form health-giving person-to-place relationships that are similar to healthy and meaningful person-to-person relationships.
This richly illustrated and visually captivating book shows how we can intentionally design our environments to make them more generous and help us in our daily lives. This conscious practice not only reduces environmental damage but also enhances physical, societal, and mind health. Farrow offers an engaging and accessible way to discover how we can construct health through specific, measurable design qualities and characteristics to enhance human performance in our cities, our homes, and our places of learning and healing.
1. Place, Health, Well-Being, and the Mind
2. Health and Well-Being: Our View through History
3. Where Does the Mind Stop and the Rest of the World Begin? The Embodied Brain, the Extended Mind
4. Affordances and Generosity
5. The Theory of Constructed Emotions: How We Construct Internal and External Relationships – Person-to-Person and Person-to-Place
6. The Study of Environmental Enrichment
7. The Qualities of Enriched Environments
8. The Theory of Positive Ambiguity: Interweaving the Qualities of Enriched Environments
9. Awakening All Our Senses: Creating Enriched Environments
10. City Making: Affordances, Generosity, and a Saluto-Systemic Approach to Placemaking
11. Living Places: House, Home, and a Sense of Coherence
12. Where We Are Learning: The Neurological, Psychological, and Emotional Benefits of Enriched Learning Environments for Students and Faculty
13. A Saluto-Systemic Approach to Healthcare Environments
14. Constructing Health and Human Performance: A Way Forward
About the Author
Glossary of Terms
Fifty Recommended Books to Read
Index of Photography and Images
Index of Projects