Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives

By | October 8, 2017
Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives Author Sarah Williams Goldhagen
ISBN-10 0061957801
ISBN-13 9780061957802
Year 2017-04-11
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Harper
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One of the nations chief architecture critics reveals how the environments we build profoundly shape our feelings memories and well being and argues that we must harness this knowledge to construct a world better suited to human experience Taking us on a fascinating journey through some of the worlds best and worst landscapes buildings and cityscapes Sarah Williams Goldhagen draws from recent research in cognitive neuroscience and psychology to demonstrate how peoples experiences of the places they build are central to their well being their physical health their communal and social lives and even their very sense of themselves From this foundation Goldhagen presents a powerful case that societies must use this knowledge to rethink what and how they build the world needs better designed healthier environments that address the complex range of human individual and social needs By 2050 Americas population is projected to increase by nearly seventy million people This will necessitate a vast amount of new constructionalmost all in urban areasthat will dramatically transform our existing landscapes infrastructure and urban areas Going forward we must do everything we can to prevent the construction of exhausting overstimulating environments and enervating understimulating ones Buildings landscapes and cities must both contain and spark associations of natural light greenery and other ways of being in landscapes that humans have evolved to need and expect Fancy exteriors and dramatic forms are never enough and may not even be necessary authentic textures and surfaces and careful well executed construction details are just as important Erudite wise lucidly written and beautifully illustrated with more than one hundred color photographs Welcome to Your World is a vital eye opening guide to the spaces we inhabit physically and mentally and a clarion call to design for human experience

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