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StonePeak Presents: Built Beautiful

April 6 @ 6:30 pm 8:30 pm

$5 – $10 AIA, ASID, IDCEC Members, Students | General Admission

Built Beautiful is a documentary about the healing powers of architecture. Inspired by the book, Beauty, Neuroscience & Architecture, by Don Ruggles AIA, Built Beautiful is an exploration of the emergent movement to apply neuroscience to the study of beauty.

Learn more about the book and the film

Presented by StonePeak Ceramics


Note: Meet us early at Art du Vin next door to the Art Theatre at 6pm in lieu of our regular monthly BARchitecture social!


Learn more about the fascinating correlation between neuroscience and architecture and how this emerging field is a game-changer that is here to stay for those in architecture, urban planning and design. Through highlighted examples in nature and the built environment, this course shares quantifiable principles for the architects’ tool kit gained through scientific studies. The course also explores how architecture can support culture and traditions to heighten and deepen our sense of identity and inclusion in the built environment. Finally, we discuss biophilia, the restorative property of nature and our connection to WHAT IS ALIVE AND BEAUTIFUL. Q&A with the author, Donald H. Ruggles.

Learning Objectives:

  • Master the basic concept of neuroscience that relate to art and architecture and how this knowledge can be used to build a more beautiful world that enhances our health and well-being.
  • Discover why design should consider the subconscious recognition of patterns in nature, art and architecture and the effects of the built environment on our autonomics nervous system.
  • Learn to recognize the definition of beauty based on neuroscientific concepts and apply that to iconic and timeless design.
  • Use these new findings from neuroscience to enlighten the future of green/sustainable design.

The film is followed by a Q & A with the author led by Alec Johnson, AIA.

Built Beautiful – Trailer from Mariel Media on Vimeo.

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