What is Neuroarchitecture?

The definition of neuroarchitecture is not to be found in the main dictionaries, yet. This can only mean one thing –  that we are writing (the) architectural history while we speak.

Etymologically, the word is formed from the prefix neuro (from the Greek neuron: nerve, sinew, tendon) + the noun architecture.

Neuro comes from the word neuroscience, which is the scientific study of the nervous system and the brain.

Then, to define what architecture is would mean to answer a question similar to what is life? and from an architect’s perspective, no answer would satisfy everyone’s opinion, as there are plenty of debates on the subject. This is why for the moment, to be neutral, I want to extract the definition from the Cambridge Dictionary. They state that architecture is the art and practice of designing and making buildings.

For me, neuroarchitecture is concerned with Building, Dwelling, Thinking, to cite the German phenomenologist Martin Heidegger, and some potential questions which it tries to answer are:

How do our dwellings affect the way we think?

How does the way we think affects the way we build?

How does the way we think affects the way we dwell?

Therefore, if I were to write a short definition of neuroarchitecture, it would be:

Neuroarchitecture is the embodied image of one’s experience!

And the answers that neuroarchitecture tries to answer are circular: How do we influence the environment we live in and how does the environment influence our embodied brains?

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