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Good Practice 2019
Category: Projects, proposals, methodologies and studies

Cognitive spatial security. Architecture: brain and mind

Easy understanding of environments and buildings Association


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¿How should it be designed to facilitate the complex brain gear of perception / cognition for orientation and better development in ambulation?

This research, theory and practice in architecture and neuroscience, developed by Berta Brusilovsky File of the Association Easy understanding of environments and buildings, work aspires to respond with physical forms to functions that, by their nature, occur inside people: what it presents is a set of resources for spatial design that takes into account neurological functions that they participate in ambulation and spatial orientation, which thanks to neuroimaging techniques, it is possible to know how they meet and transform when there is nervous activity.

Spatial security or cognitive accessibility is based on the design of a support system that, taking into account the brain functions of human beings, expresses how one would have to act to break the labyrinth effect and is especially necessary if there were an injury, albeit a slight one, innate or acquired that could be affecting any of them.

The architecture of the brain is an example of extraordinary and complex construction, with which human beings -humanity- think, act, experience and evolve thanks to it and the knowledge that is developed about it. The enormous human diversity is unified in the components of the brain since they all have - we have - in general the same in their particularities, variables, or diversity of cognitive modes.

Theory and practice come together here: it is not something random, it is necessary, and it allows advances and innovations that will later have results in terms of knowledge and professional practice. Cognitive accessibility from the design model approach comes to create a framework that allows the greatest number of people to move with the maximum degree of freedom that their personal situation allows, sometimes in unfavourable, even adverse environmental conditions.

A great satisfaction has been to be able to synthesize (in point 4.6) a script of sufficiently representative neurological profiles and in the transverse axis, the blockages or cuts in the continuity of the nerve impulses that appear when there are injuries, slight deterioration and even dementia. The systems are included: SNC, SNS, SNA, SNE, with direct effects on people's behaviour: sensory, cognitive, somatic and hormonal, voluntary and involuntary).

28 indicators: determines cognitive accessibility:

Theories, experiences, data and records to facilitate ambulation: the set of spatial scenarios with components of formal, functional and activity organization to attend to these functions with the highest degree of security and reliability.

Chapters (Link to the book):

1) Introduction 2) Background and innovation 3) The model to design 4) Architecture, brain and mind 5) Design components 6) Safety and experiences 7) Summary and thanks 8) Bibliography 9) Annexed: 28 accessibility indicators.

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