The Scan Issue #1

The Scan: An Architecture and Neuroscience Electronic Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of The Scan: An Architecture and Neuroscience Electronic Newsletter. This newsletter will be published periodically for those interested in the initiatives exploring the intersection of architecture and neuroscience. Each edition will include announcements related to the state of the project, recent publications that are available, and things that you can do to be a part of the initiatives. We hope that we have created a comprehensive, engaging, and informative tool that will keep us all in touch.

All questions and comments should be directed to Margaret Tarampi (mtarampi@aia.org; 202-626-7342).

Thank you for your interest and continued support of our work.
Sincerely,

John P. Eberhard, FAIA
Latrobe Fellow College of Fellows

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The Scan: An Architecture and Neuroscience Electronic Newsletter

Issue 1: Summer 2003

The Brain Is Always On!

As they suffer decreasing ability to connect with the present tense world around them, Alzheimer’s patients experience great anxiety and frustration in the spaces they occupy–not because of the many things their brains now cannot do, but because of what those brains still cannot keep from doing: namely, responding to the stimuli in the spaces they inhabit.

The brain wants to go through that door, it wants to go down that hall even if it doesn’t remember doing so immediately after. Accessible destinations behind every door and down every hallway keep the mind successfully engaged and at peace.

Medical solutions to the ravages of Alzheimer’s may come in time. Neuroarchitectural solutions can be developed in the meantime.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Announcements

1. Status of the Architecture and Neuroscience Initiative

2. The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA)

3. The 2003 AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Fellowship

4. Visiting Scholar at University of California San Diego (UCSD)

5. “Beyond Intuition” is screened by the Federal Facilities Council

Recent Publications

6. Recently Published Articles on Neuroscience and Architecture

7. “Beyond Intuition” Screening Package Available Soon

8.The Neuroscience and Health-Care Facilities Report Now Available

What You Can Do

9. Your Level of Involvement

10. Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Sponsorship

11. How to subscribe/unsubscribe from The Scan

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1. Status of the Architecture and Neuroscience Initiative

We seem to be at a “tipping point” with respect to this new field.

Science writer Malcolm Gladwell describes the “tipping point” as the moment when a new product (including intellectual products) emerge from obscurity to become something that people, on a massive scale and often very suddenly, seem to understand–whether they actually do or not–and are ready to accept or purchase. “Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do,” Gladwell writes.

So many people, from a wide variety of backgrounds and locations, have been writing to us and e-mailing us, that I find it gratifying as well as slightly overwhelming. The diversity of organizations considering support for this initiative seem to indicate that we are indeed at a “tipping point.”

My constant reminder, however, is that we are only at the beginning of what will be a long journey of exploration. There are not going to be dramatic new insights or research results ready for application to design decisions in the next two or three years. We need first to find effective ways to link the intuitions of architects with the scientific knowledge of neuroscientists, and then we can begin to carefully test hypotheses that lead to new understanding.

Links:

John Eberhard’s Website
http://www.architecture-mind.com

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2. The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA)

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture was launched at the 2003 American Institute of Architects national convention in San Diego. The not-for-profit Academy supports research that “bridges” neuroscience with architecture. It is a collaboration between architects and scientists to study how the human brain perceives and responds to cues from architecture. The Academy, based in San Diego, seeks international participation for its sponsorship and its audience. The Academy acknowledges the continued support of the American Institute of Architects. In recognition of the recently awarded Latrobe Fellowship, the Academy also acknowledges the support of the AIA College of Fellows.
The Academy’s Corporate Board consists of:

John Eberhard, FAIA – president

Frederick Marks, AIA – chief financial officer

Alison Whitelaw, AIA – secretary

Gil Cooke, AIA – director

Stephen Henriksen – director

Josh Little – attorney

The Academy is located at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design.

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture
1249 F Street, Suite 222
San Diego CA 92101
(619) 235-0221

Links:

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture
http://www.neuroscienceforarchitecture.org

AIA/J: “Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Launched” p. 5
http://www.aia.org/aiajournal/AIAJfinal.pdf

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3. The 2003 AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Fellowship

College of Fellows Chancellor Sylvester Damianos, FAIA, announced during the May 9 general session of the AIA national convention that the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture will receive the Latrobe Fellowship, a $100,000 grant to pursue research to answer questions about how the human brain perceives architecture. The proposal, “Fundamental Neuroscience Research and Development for Architecture,” presented by John P. Eberhard, FAIA, seeks to define and study links between neuroscience and the built environment.

The jury included Chair Cynthia Weese, FAIA, dean of the Washington University School of Architecture; Thomas W. Ventulett, FAIA, principal of AIA Firm Award Winner TVS & Associates; Robert Geddes, FAIA, Topaz Medallion winner; Robert A. Odermatt, FAIA, former College of Fellows chancellor and founder of the Latrobe Fellowship program; and Sylvester Damianos, FAIA, 2003 chancellor of the College of Fellows.

“We enormously appreciate the support of the College of Fellows,” said Eberhard (who will serve as the Latrobe Fellow). “Over the next two years, the Academy expects to expand considerably the knowledge base that supports the practice of architecture.”

Over the next two years Eberhard proposes to explore this subject in four segments: 1. spending time in the laboratories of working neuroscientists and exploring with them potential applications in architecture; 2. visiting a number of architecture schools to explore with them the introduction of neuroscience courses into undergraduate education; 3. working with PhD programs in architecture and in neuroscience to form joint degree programs; 4. writing a “white paper” for the architecture profession that builds on this research for policy recommendations.
Links:

Latrobe Fellowship Announcement
http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek03/tw0516/0516tw2_legacy_latrobe.htm

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4. Visiting Scholar at University of California San Diego

Dean Eduardo Macagno recently appointed John Eberhard a visiting scholar in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of California San Diego. This provides Eberhard with access to the many resources of UCSD, including the 23 faculty members who are engaged in neuroscience research.

Links:

University of California – San Diego
http://www.ucsd.edu

University of California – San Diego, Division of Biological Sciences
http://www.biology.ucsd.edu

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5. “Beyond Intuition” Screened by the Federal Facilities Council

Given the charge several years ago to determine where the field of architecture must commit itself to prepare for the future, John Eberhard began to investigate the intersection of architecture and neuroscience. The resulting film, “Beyond Intuition,” describes the compelling thinking that drives the continuing exploration.

On June 30, members of the Federal Facilities Council (FFC) screened “Beyond Intuition.” Eberhard gave a brief presentation on the Neuroscience and Architecture initiative prior to the film screening. Kevin Kampschroer, Director of Research for the General Services Administration (GSA) Public Building Service, followed the film with a presentation on the research collaboration between GSA, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of screening the video to the FFC was to inform its membership of the innovative research being undertaken by the architectural community. The FFC is a cooperative association of 24 federal agencies with interests and responsibilities related to all aspects of facility design, acquisition, management, maintenance, and evaluation. The screening was sponsored by the Vinyl Institute.

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6. Recently Published Articles on Neuroscience and Architecture

The following articles are the most recent coverage of our initiatives in the major publications. Be on the lookout for upcoming articles in DuPont’s Laminated Glass News, The Society for Neuroscience’s Neuroscience Quarterly, and International Facility Management Association News.
Links:

AIA/J
– “How the Brain Experiences Architecture” by John Eberhard
Spring 2003

San Diego Union Tribune
– “Mind-set: Research project will study architecture’s impact on the brain” by Ann Jarmusch
May 5 2003

AIArchitect
– Latrobe Fellowship and Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Announcement
May 19 2003

– “Friday Session Explores Proof that Design Matters”
May 19 2003

– “Scientists Work with Architects on a Research Agenda” by John Eberhard
September 9 2002

– “Giving ‘Delight’ Its Scientific Due” by John Eberhard
July 29 2002

Engineering News Record
– “Architects Launch New Science Dubbed ‘Neuro-Architecture’” by Nadine Post
May 19 2003

Wall Street Journal
– “How Design Affects the Mind” by Ray Smith
June 11 2003

Architectural Record
– “Neuroscientists and Architects to Study Perceptions of Place” by John Czarnecki
June 2003

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7. “Beyond Intuition” Screening Package Available Soon

The film “Beyond Intuition” has been well received by the architecture community. As part of a wider plan to disseminate information about the developing field of neuroscience and architecture (neuroarchitecture), the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture and the AIA Research Program plans to distribute the video/DVD as a screening package. It will be available in the fall 2003. The package will include everything you would need to organize and hold a screening at your firm, AIA component, etc. (Cost $25.00 plus shipping and handling)

Screening Package Contents:

“Beyond Intuition” DVD

Invitation – to advertise the screening event

Post Cards – to advertise the screening event

Business cards – with the contact info for the ANFA

Poster – to advertise the screening event

Bounce Back Form – for people in attendance to fill out for more information

Discussion Points – to use for a follow up panel or group discussion

Suggested Agenda Items – suggestions for organizing your screening event

Suggested Contact List for Panelists and Co-sponsors – local resources

ANFA Brochure – describes the ANFA

Screening Evaluation Form – to help us develop the screening package to better suit your needs

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8. The Neuroscience and Health-Care Facilities Report Now Available

A workshop at the conference facilities of the National Academy of Science in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in August 2002 explored the subject of neuroscience and health-care facilities. The workshop was a rich cross-section of 28 invited architects, researchers, and neuroscientists. The intention was to produce a research agenda that links the emerging knowledge base of neuroscience with the design criteria for effective health-care facilities. The summary report from the workshop can be found at the link below. The detailed report from the workshop can be obtained by contacting Margaret Tarampi (mtarampi@aia.org | 202-626-7342)
Links:

Neuroscience and Health-Care Facilities Summary Report
http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek02/tw1018/1018tjiwoodsholereport.pdf

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9. Your Level of Involvement

Please let us know your level of interest in our work. If you did not fill out the form at the 2003 AIA National Convention please take a moment to send an email to Margaret Tarampi atmtarampi@aia.org. In the body of the email please note your interest in the following three choices:

1. I would like to be put on your email list to receive periodic updates or special announcements in the field of architecture and neuroscience. (If yes, indicate whether you prefer html or plain text.)

2. I would like to help organize a screening event in my school/AIA component/firm/organization using the video “Beyond Intuition.”

3. I would like to become actively involved in helping launch the new Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture.

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10. Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Sponsorship

The following sponsorship opportunities of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture are now available.

Friend of the Academy

A gift of $5,000+ or a pledge of $1,000+ per year for five years

Friends of the Academy will receive copies of any publications and documentation produced by the Academy. They will be notified of upcoming workshops and seminars. Friends will be acknowledged on the Academy Web site.

Sustaining Donor of The Academy

A gift of $25,000+ or a pledge of $5,000+ per year for five years

Sustaining Donors of the Academy will receive the same benefits as Friends of the Academy in addition to select invitations to attend workshops (as appropriate and space available). Sustaining Donors will have the opportunity to have John Eberhard or other research associate make a special presentation to your firm or chapter (one during period). Donors will have first access to pre-publication and drafts of any documentation and materials. They will be acknowledged on the Academy website and in all publications, documentation, and electronic communication.

Sponsor of The Academy

A gift of $50,000+ or a pledge of $10,000+ per year for five years

Sponsors of the Academy will receive the same benefits as Sustaining Donors of the Academy. In addition, Sponsors will be invited to participate in the Sponsorship Council — an advisory group that will help inform activities and research undertaken by the Academy

Founding Patron of The Academy

A gift of $100,000+ or a pledge of $20,000+ per year for five years

Founding Patrons of the Academy will receive the same benefits as Sponsors of the Academy in addition to the opportunities for direct sponsorship of activities, events, or presentations to carry their names (as available and as approved by Academy). Founding Patrons will have prominent recognition on the Academy Web site and featured acknowledgement on all signage produced for activities and on the Academy letterhead.

Leader of The Academy

A gift of $250,000+ or a pledge of $50,000+ per year for five years

Leaders of the Academy will receive the same benefits as Founding Patrons of the Academy in addition to opportunities for direct sponsorship of a workshop to carry their names (as available and approved by the Academy).

Benefactor of The Academy

A gift of $500,000+ or a pledge of $100,000+ per year for five years

Unique opportunities and naming rights for gifts of this size will be determined in discussion with Academy officials.

Named Sponsorship of Academy Public Events and Documentation

Gifts from as little as $5,000 to $100,000 or more, in combination with multi-year sponsorship, would secure named sponsorship of unique events or productions from among a slate of activities including: workshops/conferences, personalized verisons and/or distribution of media productions, public presentation, research assistantships and educational packages.

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture has applied for status as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. When such status is approved by the IRS, contributions to the Academy will be tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Links:
The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture
www.neuroscienceforarchitecture.org

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