The Next Environmental Revolution: Architecture and Human-Centered Design

From Architectural Record’s 2018 Innovation Conference
Presented by Sarah Williams Goldhagen, Architecture Critic

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and recognize what factors affect thinking regarding the environment.
  2. Explain the importance of the environment on human health.


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Sarah Williams Goldhagen, Architecture Critic
In her book, Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives (2017), prize-winning critic Sarah Goldhagen draws on the latest findings in the field of cognitive neuroscience about the relationship of built environmental design and human well-being, to lay the foundation for a new understanding of how people experience buildings, landscapes, streetscapes, and cities, and to explore how architects and other designers can use that knowledge to create more enriching and equitable environments. A former professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Goldhagen holds a PhD in Art and Architectural History from Columbia University. She is a contributing editor to Architectural Record and Art in America, and her writings have been widely published elsewhere. She is also author of the book Louis Kahn’s Situated Modernism (2001). Goldhagen lectures widely on many topics, including the critical importance of everyday high-quality design for individual and social well-being.

Drawing from research in cognitive neuroscience, environmental psychology, and allied fields, Sarah Williams Goldhagen explains how the new understanding of human perception and cognition should change the way we think about and practice architecture.


Originally published in March 2019