Design like an animal: learning from evolution

Jasper G. Brus, D.P.H. Jenniskens

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What can the evolutionary idea of heritable traits teach us about the origin and development of our mental ability to design buildings? When and how did architectural design start? Is the ability to design solely a human trait? And how did this ability develop? We will try to answer these questions with the help of contemporary insights from the fields of primatology, evolutionary anthropology, neuroscience and cognitive science, which we will link to prominent architectural theories on the origin and essence of architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberArchiprint 9
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalArchiprint : Journal for Architecture, Eindhoven University of Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


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