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Bathing Under A 150 Foot Ceiling

Bathing Under A 150 Foot Ceiling

Architects intuited some of these principles long ago.

The monumental Baths of Caracalla in Rome, a person can bathe under an eight-foot ceiling, but there’s something about a 150-foot ceiling that makes a man a different kind of man.

However, this new science of architecture and the built environment is destined to have a profound effect on the teaching and practice of design over the next generation..




Architects tend, particularly with parametric design, to emphasize overall aggregate form, and all that other stuff gets filled in later. And then, very often, it’s value-engineered out.

Cities undervalue the importance of the design of the built environment altogether. There is this sort of professional split between high architecture and building, which research shows is just fallacious. It’s all architecture and it’s all important, because it’s all having an impact on people a...

Much of what and how people think is a function of our living in the kinds of bodies we do. Not just conscious thoughts, but non-conscious impressions, feedback from our senses, physical movement, and even split-second mental simulations of that movement shape how we respond to a place. And in tu...

 One, architectural education. Two, real-estate development. Three, building codes, zoning codes, all these things need to be reviewed according to these kinds of standards. Four, architects need to not be so skittish in thinking about hu...

We’ve had in the last 20 years a kind of ocean of new information about how the brain actually works. Most of that was confirming the precepts of embodied cognition, and also going beyond it in certain ways, showing how multisensory our apprehension of the environment is.

When I was really young kid, nature was nature. It was forests, trees, lakes, rivers. Then people begin to use the word “environment.”

Several years ago, Sarah Williams Goldhagen, an architecture critic, became interested in new research on how our brains register the environments around us. Dipping into writing from several fields—psychology, anthropology, linguistics, and neuroscience—she learned that a new paradigm for how we...



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