Adding pleasant scents to environments may not always be a good idea. Lwin, Morrin, and Rong scented a room with peppermint and found “that scare tactics [for example, suggesting changes in behavior to avoid cancer] may fall on ‘deaf ears’ in pleasantly scented environments . . . Medical providers and social marketers may want to take such possibilities into consideration in environmental factor planning.”
Walk Score has released its 2013 walkability ratings for cities and neighborhoods, and they’re available at the web address below. Planners will find some of the information included in the related press release (with citations) interesting. For example, “the majority of Americans rate being within a short commute to work and within an easy walk of neighborhood amenities as key criteria when deciding where to live. This trend is even more pronounced amon
Active seating, or sitting on something such as a stool without a back that seemed to require people to expend more energy while seated, has been seen as a way to make sitters healthier. New research by Grooten and his team argues otherwise. They determined that “less muscle activity were observed during the conditions that encourage active sitting, compared with sitting on a conventional office chair.”
The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh is currently (though August 11) exhibiting The Playground Project.
How can design encourage physical activity?
Some studies are important because they rigorously confirm our expectations. A recent investigation by Wilhelm-Stanis, Vaughan, and Kaczynski of parks does just this.
Research has shown that walking is good for our physical health and mental performance, but how can design encourage people to take a stroll?
Baran and colleagues investigated the relationship between street design and park use.
When people think about walking, they usually just think about how it can improve physical health—but research shows that taking a stroll also enhances our mental performance, and has other surprising benefits.
Nathan, Wood, and Giles-Corti share information collected in focus groups with people living in retirement villages related to older individuals and walking.