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Session 1 | Architecture: Philosophy and Sciences with Michael Arbib

From: 2021-11-15 To:2021-11-16

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  • Thematic Line

    Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
  • Research Group

    Mind, Language & Action
  • 15 & 16 November 2021

    The presentation of the recently published book by University of California at San Diego neuroscientist Michael Arbib - When Brains Meet Buildings (2021) - will take place on the 15th and 16th November, as part of the ABLeS - Autofocus Blended Learning eSeminars.

    Three presentations – When Brains Meet Buildings, Neuromorphic Architecture, and Memory and Imagination: Towards a Cognitive Neuroscience of Architectural Design – will summarize the positions defended by the author in the book.

    There will also be an opportunity to debate the issues in thematic seminars #00 – Architecture: Philosophy and Sciences and #01 – Architecture & Neurosciences: an overview, with researchers from the partner institutions.


    The attendance is free of charge and open to anyone, but registration is mandatory. If you plan to attend, please register here.




    15 November (Monday)

    9h30 | Reitoria da Universidade do Porto | Sala do Fundo Antigo

    Book presentation and debate When Brains Meet Buildings (2021) by author Michael Arbib (University of California at San Diego)

    Fátima Vieira (Vice-Dean of the University of Porto)
    Pedro Borges de Araújo (IF/MLAG)
    Sérgio Pinto Amorim (CEAU/FAUP; CITAD/UL)



    15h00 | CEAU Centro de Estudos de Arquitectura e Urbanismo da Universidade do Porto | Sala CCR.01 (Casa-Cor-de-Rosa)

    Lecture Neuromorphic Architecture by Michael Arbib

    Henrique Fabião (UL/CITAD)
    João Bettencourt Relvas (i3S)
    Nathalie Gontier (CFCUL)
    Paulo Aguiar (i3S INEB)
    Teresa Fonseca (FAUP/CEAU)


    16 November (Tuesday)

    9h30 | Novo campus da Universidade Lusíada, Faculdade de Arquitectura e Artes (Rua de Moçambique, Aldoar - Porto) | Sala 304

    Architecture: Philosophy and Sciences
    Presentation of ABLeSeminars series program by coordinators

    Henrique Fabião (UL/CITAD)
    Michael Arbib (USC)
    Nathalie Gontier (CFCUL)



    15h00 | Novo campus da Universidade Lusíada, Faculdade de Arquitectura e Artes (Rua de Moçambique, Aldoar - Porto) | Aula Magna

    Architecture & Neurosciences: an overview

    Lecture Memory and Imagination: Towards a Cognitive Neuroscience of Architectural Design by Michael Arbib.

    João Martins Cardoso (CITAD/UL)
    Nathalie Gontier (CFCUL)


    Pedro Borges de Araújo (IF/MLAG)
    Sérgio Pinto Amorim (CEAU/FAUP; CITAD/UL)

    R&D centers
    CEAU/FAUP *José Miguel Rodrigues
    CITAD/UL *Maria João Soares
    IF/MLAG *Sofia Miguens

    Live sessions will be broadcast via streaming, recorded, and later edited and made available in open access on the digital platform, as part of the Autofocus Blended Learning eSeminars ABLeS INTERSECTIONS.






    The programme – Architecture: Philosophy and Sciences – is a partnership between three R&D centres:
    Mind Language Action Research Group (MLAG) - Institute of Philosophy of the University of Porto - FIL/00502
    CEAU - Centre for Studies of Architecture and Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture of University of Porto
    CITAD - Centre for Research in Territory, Architecture, and Design/G1 of FAA / Faculty of Architecture and Arts of Lusíada University –North/Porto.

    Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
    U.Porto e Banco Santander - Programa Santander Universidades

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