Need more evidence that workplace windows enhance mental and physical well-being? If you do, you’ll be interested in a study spearheaded by Ivy Cheung, a neuroscience doctoral student at Northwestern University. Her team found that people “who had windows in the workplace slept an average of 47 more minutes per night compared to workers in offices without daylight exposure. They also . . . were more physically active, and reported better sleep quality and efficiency . . . .
Fitzgerald and Danner summarize some of the ways that our evolutionary past should influence current office design; a topic that is discussed regularly here (for example, https://researchdesignconnections.com/pub/arguments-biophilic-architecture).
Veitch reports conclusions drawn from a review of research related to in-home windows
There is a preferred ratio between solid areas and voids (doors and windows).
Recent research links traveling through doorways and forgetting.
How to make a nursing home emulate a home environment? Start at the front door.
Sharp explores how the seasons of the year influence our emotional state.
Designers developing residences and treatment facilities for people with multiple sclerosis will find a recently completed study useful.
Bringslimark and her colleagues set out to learn if office workers without window views from their regular work positions compensate by adding potted plants and pictures of nature to their workspaces.
Brager and Baker investigated occupant satisfaction in mixed-mode buildings.