Research Design Connections

Sitting and Standing Students (08-28-15)

A sit-stand desk intervention for 10 year olds  in a New Zealand classroom has significantly improved those children’s school-related experiences.  Researchers describe their study: “The intervention class received height-appropriate workstations for 22 weeks while the control class retained traditional desks and chairs. Children's sitting and standing were measured at three time points (baseline, week 5, week 9). Pain, inattention and hyperactivity were also assessed. . . .


Research Conversations

Design affects interpersonal bonds between professional colleagues of relatively equal rank and also employee ties to their managers--and those links influence personal and organizational wellbeing.


Sharing living spaces in cohousing arrangements is becoming increasingly popular.  By gently tweaking the essential elements of a home into new configurations, design can support and enhance these special types of residences.

Stockholm Bikes

Designing to encourage bicycle riding is in many ways similar to enhancing walkability, with several notable differences.

The American Psychological Association (APA) met from August 6 to 9 in Toronto.  Research presented in several sessions is immediately applicable. 

News Briefs

Variety of Plants

Viewing and restoring

Ordered Room

Appearance of a space drives goals set there

We are better liars in some locations than others

Sneaker worthy routes

An important new design guide

When is red OK?

Nearby bikes linked to home values

Factors other than design influence perceived walkability

Book Reviews

Mehaffy-Salingaros Book Cover

A thought-provoking introduction to issues guiding the evolution of design

Design at Work

We get definite psychological benefits from feeling a sense of awe.