FYP – Sarah Abbas

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How Architectural Neuroscience Affects the Public Schooling System in Lebanon


“With a concern for the quality of education imparted through the popular and established system of standardized curricula and teaching methods in the public schools in Lebanon, my project will look upon alternative systems of education that aim at holistic development through student-centric strategies and nontraditional pedagogical approaches that is derived from the findings of educational neuroscience. To understand how architecture can contribute towards a holistic learning experience, my field of research focuses on Neuroarchitecture, a new emerging discipline that discusses concepts such as mirror and place neurons, emotions and how we interact with the world through our senses. Neuroarchitecture opens the door for a Neurophenomenological twist in architecture that resides in its particular strength for a more concrete approach to the issue of architectural experience in its multi-sensorial richness. By placing human experience at the center of architectural design, this specific union of the latest neuroscientific research with the extensive phenomenological legacy can offer valuable insights for interpreting our embodiment and how we relate with our architectural environment. The intersection between Neuroarchitecture and Educational neuroscience, and Neurophenomenology can lead to new typologies of schools and teaching methods that will create a learning environment suitable with how our brains actually learns and stores information.”- Sarah Abbas