The aesthetic discourse of Modernism that dominated the last century often offered simplified or even overtly simplistic models of architecture and urbanism. As some recent research into the legacy of architectural modernism reveals, its simplistic schemes in many cases contradicted the human need of complexity and human scale among many other things. More recently architectural discourse started embracing the findings and implications of other scholarly and scientific disciplines, including such fields as brain research or cognitive psychology. Accordingly these new interdisciplinary (or cross-disciplinary) interests give an impetus to understand the practice of architecture in a more holistic and more human and adequate ways. nevertheless, global and local architectural practice still ignores most of these findings and many architects continue to apply dated aesthetic solutions that often contradict knowledge that is provided by other disciplines. The article provides a discussion of some new dimensions in and around architectural theory and an analysis of a few local cases that demonstrate that findings of the new sub-field known as cognitive architecture which continues to be ignored in contemporary architectural practice.
Key Words: architectural modernism, architectural theory, cognition, built environment, space models