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Introductory White Paper on Designing for People with Autism (10-30-14)

Lamin-Art has prepared a handy introduction to designing spaces that support people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  It is available free of charge at the web address noted below.

“Impact of Interior Design on Autistic Adults and Children:  A Look at How the A + D Community is Developing Environments Suitable for People with Autism.”  2014. Distributed by Lamin-Art. http://www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com/whitepaper/impact-interior-desig...

Kid Friendly Neighborhoods (10-29-14)

Islam, Moore, and Cosco investigated the relationship between neighborhood design and the amount of time children spent outdoors in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  They found that “additional minutes of children’s average time outdoors on weekdays are associated with availability of adjacent space (23 min), . . .

Disengaged Workers and Their Workspaces (10-28-14)

Steelcase commissioned IPSOS to poll 10,500 workers in 14 different countries about their level of engagement with their employer and the design of their workplace.  Steelcase learned that “employees who are highly satisfied with the places they work are also the most highly engaged.”  This matters because  “engaged employees are more productive, have lower turnover rates, lower absenteeism and drive higher profits.”  Disengaged workers did not feel that their work environments supported their ability to:

The History of Green (10-27-14)

Pastoureau has written another one of his intriguing and well-researched histories of color; in this book he focuses on the color green.  Previously, he’s reported on blue and black.  Here, the author describes the color green’s "social, cultural and symbolic history in European societies, from Greek antiquity to the present." The fascinating text includes many lush illustrations.

Michel Pastoureau. 2014.  Green:  The History of a Color.  Princeton University Press:  Princeton, NJ.

More Focus on the Self (10-24-14)

Twenge spoke about how younger generations differ psychologically from older ones at the 2014 meeting of the American Psychological Association. Using data collected from 11 million people, she has learned that among younger people there is “more emphasis on the self and less on the rules of society.”  This difference has far reaching implications and supports more individualized housing options, for example.

Workplace Research Review (10-23-14)

Kim has reviewed research on workplace design, synthesizing “research drawn from environmental design, organizational ecology, social psychology, architecture, political science, and business and public administration.”  Not surprisingly, he learned “that physical workplace has a significant impact on affective [emotional], behavioral, and performance outcomes.”  Some of his most interesting comments relate to symbolic features of offices, for example: “Public buildings and workplace design have been used as symbolic identification of power and a means of communicating an image to

Open Access Space Syntax/Sitting Survey (10-22-14)

Duncan and his colleagues have developed a survey, which is available to all at the web address noted below, that collects Space Syntax-related information.  The Office Environment and Sitting Scale (OFFESS) specifically assesses employee sitting behavior.  Information gathered can inform the design of more healthy workplaces, ones that support physical activity among employees.  As the authors report, “Spatial configurations of office environments assessed by Space Syntax methodologies are related to employee movement patterns.

Environmental Awareness, Organizational Image, and Green Building Design (10-21-14)

Rashid and his colleagues investigated the relationship between green workplace design and workers’ environmental awareness (EA) and perceptions of organizational image (OI). By surveying people working in a Gold-level LEED-certified public building, they found that “the occupants certainly appreciated the environmental design features of the buildings. These features had played an important role in determining how satisfied the occupants were with individual workspaces, departmental spaces, and the building.

Ergonomics and Job Satisfaction (10-20-14)

Alan Hedge has completed another study indicating the value of office design that supports workers ergonomically.  With colleague Jonathan Puleio, he determined that a “proactive workplace ergonomics program can help to prevent discomfort and injury.” Hedge defines proactive workplace ergonomics programs as “’preventive and [they] aim to design out problems before the workplace is built, making it much easier to maintain and manage.’” 
The proactive program tested “included ergonomic workstations, group training, and one-on-one consultations.” The researchers found that after completin