Conscious Cities Anthology 2018:
Human-Centred Design, Science, and Technology
Publication of the 2018 Conscious Cities Festival
Background image: Benjamin Wells
Welcome to the official publication of the Conscious Cities Festival 2018.
The Conscious Cities Festival gathers those interested in the creation of human-centred environments. Research and practice using the conscious cities approach explores how architecture and urban design can better consider and respond to human needs through science-informed design and new technology.
Conscious Cities Anthology 2018: Human-Centred Design, Science, and Technology showcases individuals and groups that are contributing towards this new approach to creating a better built environment.
- Educating the prospective practitioner: Adapting architecture education to address future challenges - How do we best prepare the architects of tomorrow?
- Policy for increasing housing numbers must come with good design and creating sustainable, liveable places - How can we providing the necessary environment required to deliver strong, lasting neighbourhoods?
- An overview of the cognitive and biological effects of city nighttime illumination including a London case study - What are the often disregarded effects of artificial nighttime illumination, and how can we design with that in mind?
- Fractals and Christopher Alexander’s “Fifteen Fundamental Properties” - How to we create design rules that relate to mathematical fractals and the theory of complexity?
- Towards habitable cities - Observing strategies to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through more habitable cities.
- Designing a data package for infants, toddlers, and caregivers in Tirana, Albania - Which indicators could be used to measure the wellbeing of children in the built environment?
- Tranquil City: How can embracing tranquillity fundamentally change the way we behave and interact with cities? - How can embracing tranquillity fundamentally change the way we behave and interact with cities?
- Psicología del espacio (Psychology of space) - A transdisciplinary methodology bringing together design, architecture and psychology to harness the built environment in promoting wellbeing and social cohesion ...
- Designing digital displays and interactive media in today’s cities by night. Do we know enough about attracting attention to do so? - How can human factors drive the design development of LED screens placed throughout the city?
- Consciousness and distraction in the digital age - Can architecture draw our attention back from mobile technology to the built environment?
- Colour Chat: Let’s talk about city colour - What can we learn from public dialogue about the role of colour in improving human-centred city design?
- Place and Perception: Constructing the urban narrative with spatial schemas - Unpacking relational dynamics between the subjective realm of perception and the objective physical realm.
- Urban smellscape: The pheromones of a city and the sense of place - How does the city's odour determines people’s relationship with where they live?
- The scale of social media and the augmented city - How will new technology like augmented reality be used to adapt our perception of the city and time?
- Mapping the urban streetscape: Boston’s Seaport District - In a world that is shrinking by the minute, thanks to digital connectivity, are city streetscapes truly accessible to all?
Editor: Itai Palti
- An Ethical Intervention into Conscious Cities - A closer look at some of the ethics and articulation of conscious cities.
- How Neuroscience Can Generate a Healthier Architecture - What are the opportunities and obstacles ahead for neuroscience and architecture?
- Exploring Connections Between the Conscious City and Christopher Alexander’s Seminal ‘Pattern Languages’. - A look at Alexander's work on spatial patterns and arrangements as articulation of how we most prefer to live.
- Space and Pace: Spatial Respite in a Temporal World - The prominence of ‘visual consumption’ and its influence on design strategy.
- Towards New Architectural and Urban Typologies: Thinking, Making and Living as a Post Occupancy Evaluation Method - Using an “architectural equation” to observe and analyse the qualities of places.
- Mind over Matter: The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space - How can architects, designers and facility planners mitigate the deleterious impact of isolated spaces on occupants?
- Cities as meta-cities - A look at the conscious city as the conscious decisions of the people who live within it.
- Urban consciousness for sustainable development - City planning in the context of UN Sustainability Goals for good health and wellbeing.
- Managing flexibility in workplace design - How will behavioural insight help us get flexibility right for workplace wellbeing and productivity?
- Wonder as an interruption - How can we design to make individuals more aware of the in-between?
- A bridge to solve the explanatory gap in city design - What will bridge architecture and neuroscience to reach the real potential of transdisciplinary work?
- Big data alone ≠ Better buildings: How to bridge the gap - How can we make sure that insights from research are implemented effectively in a project process?
- The post nocturnal condition: Electric light in the urban environment - How has electric light defined the nocturnal urban condition and in turn shaped our culture and behaviour?
- How integrating neuroscience into architecture will revolutionise the profession - The emergence of a new paradigm for the architecture profession fuelled by scientific insight.
- The psychology of workplace design - New insights into the factors that can support successful workplace design
- The conscious city as network: three images, and a sequence - A look at the conscious city as an inherently and ‘lively’ complex interacting network of relations.
- Inflated Expectations? The Promises and Practicalities of Virtual and Augmented Reality in the Built Environment - Have our expectations for these new technologies been inflated by a novelty bias?
- Places of pause: The cognitive impact of wakeful rest - Where can rest be used to positively impact spatial memory and place attachment?