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PROLOGUE

09/ THE NEUROSCIENCE
OF URBAN DESIGN

READ BY MOHAMMED MAXWEL HASSAN

book info
Places of the Heart:
The Psychogeography of Everyday Life
Colin Ellard
Bellevue Literary Press, 2015
Trade Paper, 256 Pages

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EN_ Colin Ellard's Places of the Heart makes
a powerful argument for the paramount
importance of our daily surroundings. Through
the lens of neuroscientific research, Ellard
explores how architecture and landscape
affect the human body and brain-and how
environments can be fashioned that are more
stimulating and joyful for people.
The book opens with the author's childhood
memory of visiting Stonehenge with his father.
Ellard had a "deliciously creepy feeling" about
the monument when he was six; he narrates
the shift from his childhood emotional response
to a critical response as an adult. Now, as an
experimental psychologist, Ellard believes that
"observing the intricate relationships between
our lived experiences and the places that contain
them" is key to building better environments.
At its core, the book focuses on how places can
impact our emotional well-being. Ellard analyzes
the kind of world we are building, ranging from
places of affection to places of awe, and even
delving into virtual reality. A comprehensive
overview of environmental psychology
unfolds through a series of case studies and
observational investigations, from the biological

implications of habitat selection by the blackthroated warbler to the convoluted design of
modern day casinos. Technology plays a dual role
in Ellard's analysis. While virtual reality can be
misused to manage the side effects of places
on us, technology can also help manage cities'
shrinking resources to improve the performance
of buildings. A new generation of emotionsensing technology could even be used to design
buildings that adapt to our feelings.
Overall, this book offers readers a deeper
appreciation of how architectural and
environmental design affect human well-being.
He provides the scientific backing to affirm what
we intuitively know: that designing and building
better surroundings can have tangible effects on
our health and happiness.
BIO
Mohammed Maxwel Hasan is studying
architectural technology at Humber College. His
article was first printed in Canadian Architect,
and is reprinted here with their kind permission.
mohammedmaxwel@gmail.com
> Author Doug Carlyle takes Colin Ellard's words
to heart, in "Messiness by Intention", page 54.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2017

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
PROLOGUE
ESSAY | ESSAI
Après le désordre vient le beau temps
A Fine Mess
Biophilic City
“I Am the Space Where I Am”
OPINION
Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
Messiness by Intention
CRITIQUE
@landtecanada Taking It With You
THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - PROLOGUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - ESSAY | ESSAI
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Après le désordre vient le beau temps
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - A Fine Mess
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Biophilic City
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - “I Am the Space Where I Am”
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - OPINION
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 53
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Messiness by Intention
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - CRITIQUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - @landtecanada Taking It With You
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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