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One of the nation's 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 world's best and worst landscapes, buildings, and cityscapes, Sarah Williams Goldhagen draws from recent research in cognitive neuroscience and psychology to demonstrate how people's 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, America's population is projected to increase by nearly 70 million people. This will necessitate a vast amount of new construction - almost all in urban areas - that 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.

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.

©2017 Sarah Williams Goldhagen (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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relevance of the built environment

great read, packed with great perspective on the built environment and it's impact on humanity. inspiring.

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A Good Overview of Trends in Environmental Design

Goldnagen provides an easy to understand overview of recent developments in neuroscience andcognitive psychology and their influence on design. However, readers looking for anything more than a superficial treatment should go to the original source materials and authors, such as Kahneman, Appleton, Arnheim, etc.

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Only for Architecture Professors & Critics

If you're not an Architecture Professor or an Architecture Critic, you should skip this book. Pretentious, obtuse, opaque, and very wordy. The author has been in academia too long, and can't communicate with those of us living in the outside world.

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