NewSchool's Neuroscience for Architecture Colloquium Series
“How Architecture Means Something?” Simply deciphered, it is the brain. Whatever else is at stake, we are in the world as a mobile nervous system where the body and the brain are one. What does this biology of the brain teach us about a science of architectural space? Much. Contemporary neuroscience has consequences for the practice of architecture. I present three universal assertions on perception of specific interest to architects: Central versus Peripheral Vision in perception of space, Affordances as the meaning of architecture, and Atmosphere as the emotion of space.
About the lecturer:
Bob Condia, AIA, is an architect and design partner with Condia+Ornelas Architects, Manhattan, KS. The 2017-20 Regnier Chair of Architecture at Kansas State, he teaches architecture as an art form with due considerations to: neuroscience and architecture; the real; the ancient megaliths of man; a building’s terrestrial and celestial alignments; and, the sensible poetics of architectural enterprise. He has been a studio critic for 34 years in both architecture and interior design. Bob is a 2017 Design Intelligence Most Admired Educator and won APDesign’s The College of Architecture Planning & Design, Wayne McElwee Faculty Teaching Award, (spring 2017); in 2008 he received the Commerce Bank Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award and in 2015 AIAKansas’ Schirmer Award for service. His publications range from monographs on the works of progressive architects to theoretical articles on the experience of space as well as a catalogue of his own surrealist illustrations. Of particular attention is his recent work on neuroscience and architecture, the biological basis of aesthetic experience, and the craft of teaching architects to teach. Prof. Condia earned his Master in Architecture and Building Design at Columbia University 1983, and a Bachelor of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University, 1980.