Designing high-rise cities at eye-level

Book Seminar with Renowned Authors!

How can we design streetscapes on a human scale in high-density environments? In Western cities, an increasing number of inhabitants needs to be accommodated. This often means the introduction of taller high-rise buildings. Although these new urban projects are designed with the intention to create a sense of human scale for the inhabitants, it remains unclear how the users of these streetscapes actually experience them.

Join us for an enlightening and immersive seminar featuring acclaimed authors who will be presenting their latest works in the hybrid field of Neuroarchitecture and sharing profound insights into their scientific journeys.

This seminar promises to be an enriching experience for (landscape) architects, urban planners, researchers, and anyone passionate about making a better built environment to promote well-being. Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with these esteemed authors as they share their stories, insights, and the inspirations behind their compelling research works.

Whether you’re an academic, a professional seeking inspiration, or simply curious about these remarkable books, this seminar is your chance to delve into the minds of these visionaries.

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15th of February, 2024 | @4:00 -5:30 PM CET (16-17:30 Dutch Time) |


Book Launch

Neuroarchitecture explores the insights offered by the new hybrid field of neuroarchitecture. Using state-of-the-art technology, researchers in this field are able to track minutely how the body responds to impulses from the built environment. Neuroarchitecture introduces the field and shows best practices of streetscapes in Western cities, such as Amsterdam, Toronto, Manchester and Oslo. Each location is analyzed in depth, using a research-through-design method. What do the existing urban fabric studies teach us? What patterns can be observed and experienced visually? Neuroarchitecture questions design guidelines and gives practical tools to improve the human-scale attributes of high-density built environments.

Frank Suurenbroek

Dr. Frank Suurenbroek

Frank Suurenbroek is Professor of Spatial Urban Transformation in the Faculty of Technology at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He has been involved in urban transformation research and practice for over twenty years. Since 2014 he and his interdisciplinary team have been conducting research into liveability in areas of urban densification and renewal, focusing on the physical–social nexus and sustainability.
Gideon Spanjar

Dr. Gideon Spanjar

Gideon Spanjar is a senior researcher in the Professorship of Spatial Urban Transformation at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. In this role he has been involved in Sensing Streetscapes and its successor project Building for Wellbeing. He is also Professor of Innovation & Urban Green Space at the Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Almere. His work focuses on nature-based and healthy urban design in a changing climate.


Frank Suurenbroek

Dr. Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo

Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo is a landscape architect and neuroscience researcher who conducted interdisciplinary research at the University of Porto, Portugal, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA, and the National University of Singapore. She is a founder and lead researcher at NeuroLandscape NGO and a fellow of the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health.
Gideon Spanjar

Davide Ruzzon

Davide Ruzzon Architect. Founder, and Scientific Responsible, of the NAAD PostGraduate Course ‘Neuroscience Applied to Architectural Design’ at the IUAV University in Venice.  Founded in 2000, he is  also TA Tuning Architecture Director, a firm in Milan where he is working on the application of the knowledge, and evidences, from neuroscience to the design.
Gideon Spanjar

Dr. Justin Hollander

Justin B. Hollander is a professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. His research and teaching is in the areas of urban planning and design.  He co-edited the book Urban Experience and Design: Contemporary Perspectives on Improving the Public Realm (with Ann Sussman) and is the author of eleven other books, including Buildings for People: Responsible Real Estate Development and Planning.  He was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and hosts the Apple podcast “Cognitive Urbanism”.
Gideon Spanjar

Ann Sussman

Ann is president of the Human Architecture + Planning Institute a nonprofit dedicated to understanding the human experience of the built environment, and improving its design through education and research. A licensed architect, her expertise is using biometric tools, including eye tracking, to reveal how our experience of buildings begins unconsciously. Her book, Cognitive Architecture, co-authored with Justin B Hollander, won the Place Research Award from the Environment Design Research Association (EDRA) in 2016. She teaches course on Buildings, Biology + the Brain, at the Boston Architectural College (BAC). More info at:; blog:
Frank Suurenbroek
Gideon Spanjar
Gideon Spanjar
Gideon Spanjar

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