Cognitive Architecture: Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment with Justin Hollander, Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

Medford, MA

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The design and layout of streets and lots, houses and commercial buildings, and entire neighborhoods have historically been guided by a combination of traditional practices, aesthetics, and environmental factors.  Today, a powerful new design system is emerging, a system grounded in the very latest cognitive science research on how people perceive space. This lecture will introduce relevant ideas from environmental psychology, research-based design, spatial perception, and spatial cognition. 

Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP is an Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.  He is the author of Sunburnt Cities: The Great Recession, Depopulation and Urban Planning in the American Sunbelt (Routledge, 2011) and two other books examining the challenges of planning for post-industrial, shrinking cities.  As a practitioner, Dr. Hollander has led several award-winning urban design projects through the Open Neighborhood Project.


Lunch & Learns occur every Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. Everyone is welcome. Food will be provided on a first-come basis. Lunch & Learn attendance is required for students enrolled in ENV0095 Special Topics in Environmental Studies with Colin Orians.

Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and the Tufts Institute
of the Environment
Tufts University, 210 Packard Avenue, Miller Hall, Medford, Massachusetts