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Routledge
14 May 2019
Theory of architecture; City & town planning - architectural aspects; Urban & municipal planning
Cognition and the Built Environment argues that interacting with our built environment, as users and as architects, is a cognitive process. It claims that architecture, in its form and meaning, is a basic, embodied level of human cognition.

The assumption is that we and our built environment together form an intelligent system, a cognitive feedback loop between us and the world of which we are part. With this as a vantage point, the book discusses the meaning and intelligence of concrete architectural environments as well as the agency of the architect, of his client and of the user.

The inquiry oscillates between abstract thought, topological models and cognitive semiotics, between pragmatist philosophy and the professional practice of planning cities, developing projects and using objects. Architecture serves more complex purposes than our caves, paths and landmarks did.

Written for students and academics of urban design, urban planning and architectural theory, Cognition and the Built Environment argues that human cognition feeds on the interaction between thought, agency and built environment, and that architecture is the spatial form of this interaction.
By:   Ole Moystad (Norwegian University of Science & Technology Norway)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   376g
ISBN:   9780367331917
ISBN 10:   0367331918
Pages:   190
Publication Date:   14 May 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Prologue Chapter 1. Making Sense Chapter 2. The Field Chapter 3. The Object Chapter 4. The Work Epilogue

Ole Moeystad defended his PhD on architecture and cognitive semiotics in 1994. He has pursued this topic through academic as well as professional work in Beirut, Oslo, Trondheim, Lisbon, Barcelona, Asmara, Xi'an, Delft and Brussels. He is Professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, and head of The Urban Trigger Group.

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