Surface_n: Body based mutation and form
Oakley, Jared A
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This thesis explores the implications of the structural processes of human neuro-anatomy, specifically what is know in neurology as Hebb's Rule, for architectural form/program/structure. Hebb's Rule states that a pathway that is repeatedly stimulated will grow stronger and more permanent. Conversely, one that is neglected will atrophy. By viewing the body and the built environment as a complete neural network of operations, the implications of statically imposed design and program are elucidated. The body is the activator of the built environment and in this way defines the space that is inhabited both actively and passively. In this scenario, the architect is the designer of potentiality, rather than wholly static elements. The program is no longer imposed, but rather developed through activation.