Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives

Sarah Williams Goldhagen

As our population expands, we will need to build houses, office buildings, parks, and other spaces, both public and private, to keep up. But what kinds of places should we build? Architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen takes the reader on a trip to architectural treasures and horrors, calling on research in neuroscience, anthropology, and psychology to understand how our built environment shapes human perception and cognition. Goldhagen makes a strong case that as we look to construct our future, we should build carefully, so that our built environment enriches, rather than harms, our emotional state, cognitive function, and social relationships.