Bridging Neuroscience, Architecture, and Technology
Anthology No.2 – publication of the 2017 Conscious Cities conference
The second conscious cities conference gathered the different industries and elements needed to build a Conscious City, that is responsive to human activity and needs. It was held in London on 3rd of May, 2017.
Conscious Cities: Bridging Neuroscience, Architecture, and Technology showcases individuals that are contributing and disseminating this new type of people-centric architecture and design.
Editors: Anne Fritz, Itai Palti
- Becoming the City - What does it mean to ask whether a city is conscious?
- Spatial reference frames and the sense of direction - How does the brain maintain a sense of direction?
- Breaking Free! - How will architecture fare in the post-truth era?
- Opening-up as we dig deeper - Embracing textured wellbeing insights for city design.
- Reframing - Conscious cities presents a paradigm shift in the world of design.
- De-Smarting the City - 'Smart' as a means for improving, designing and building our cities has reached a tipping point of acceptability.
- Ascribing Value: The Use of Biosensing in Heritage Landscapes - Why does a varied and rich landscape stir a positive reaction in people?
- The Vital Need For The Unconscious City - What if part of the way we get by is not knowing what we are doing?
- Inclusivity by Guide Dogs – A Different Perspective on Smart Cities - Everyone, regardless of their ability should be able to get out and about safely and confidently.
- Spatial Cognition with Virtual Reality - Can virtual reality become a viable tool for informing design?
- City Boardwalks: The Chance of Stalled Construction Sites - Enhancing the city as a 'chancescape': intermixing different places, atmospheres, stories and circumstances.
- Conscious Cities of the Future: Research Insights - How to study the ‘consciousness’ of a city, and which city to choose for study?
- Behavioural Planning in the Social City - Is the “citizen professional” emerging to hold communities, developers and planners together in the planning process.
- Hippocampal and Prefrontal Processing of Network Topology to Simulate the Future - What role do spatial boundaries play in the brain's future simulations?
- Preventing Smart Cities From Becoming Dumb Cities - What is the purpose and outcome of a Smart City, is it health, wealth, knowledge?
- Artificial Intelligence in our Environment - What happens when we give our environment the ability to create and destroy?
- Why Can’t Property Development Be Good Business? - "What we property developers forget is why we are here in the first place"
- Conscious Design of Cities versus Design of Conscious Cities - A review of potential paths to elaborate the conscious cities manifesto.
- What can neuroscience teach us about architecture? - Human brains are weird, glorious and driven by a delicate yet robust interplay of various opposing forces.
- Light and Space: A Review - Light is a unique point of interest on three fronts; sustainability, mental health, and cost.
- Voices defining a new field - Introducing the inaugural issue of the Conscious Cities journal.
- The emergence of conscious cities in urban planning - The thinking that underpinned urban planning and design during much of the twentieth century is fast unravelling.
- Could you love a city? - "I don't mean love living in a city; I mean love a city like you love anther person."
- Measuring human experiences of public spaces: A methodology in the making - Developing tools to understand what makes a great public space?
- From Non-Discursive Qualities of Space to Conscious Design - Reframing Space Syntax as a dynamic tool for conscious design.
- On goodness and greatness: More and Machiavelli in the modern metropolis - How can a city do 'well' by doing good?
- Can we understand crowds and cities using online data? - How might data contribute to the design of a more dynamic and effective built environment?
- To shape and be shaped - Might the dialogue between person and space lead to transference of traits?
- Health, wellness, and experience in the built environment: From green buildings to Conscious Cities - How are building standards changing?
- A Place to play: An exploration of people’s connection to local greenspace in East Leeds - An exploratory and iterative approach to placemaking.
- Well Living Lab: A new tool for measuring the human experience in the built environment - Living labs offer a bridge between laboratory and field studies.
- Designing for humans: The essentials - Places designed for humans need to recognize and reflect our 6 most fundamental space-related needs.
- Corporeal Architecture: teaching future architects to think through the body using neurosciences and performance art - An exercise in architecture education.