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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...

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:

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.