Research Design Connections

Research Conversations

Children sometimes experience designed environments and objects as adults do.  And sometimes they don’t. Design that anticipates how spaces and things are most likely to influence youngsters’ attitudes and behaviors supports their development and wellbeing.


We regularly gather together in larger groups, to learn something new or to be entertained, for example.  When we do, we’re often in auditoriums.  How can these spaces be designed so that whatever is on the agenda goes well?


Should you specify open spaces or areas with transparent walls?  The answer to this question depends on your goals for a space.


Gentle movement calms viewers.

News Briefs


Luxury and helpfulness seem incompatible

Whether leaves are sharp or rounded makes a difference

There are upsides to reduced visibility

Add symbols to strengthen groups

Confirmation:  clutter is undesirable

School conditions link indirectly to academic achievement

Social factors influence responses to plans to increase density

Personality traits align with green behavior

Book Reviews


Shares important insights on aligning design with user needs

An important resource for anyone designing or managing spaces used by people with ASDs

Design at Work



MIT’s Stata Center inspires awe, but its heavy reliance on rectilinear elements means it does not do all that it might to sustain the wellbeing of its academic users.