Residential Dwelling

“Sophisticated” Colors (12-05-14)

Anderson studied domestic interiors through history.  She learned that “By the 1880s those proffering guidance on domestic decor were in agreement on one point: interiors had to be “harmonious.” This meant understanding the importance of color, form, and texture in fashioning the “model” interior popularly known as a House Beautiful; like a work of art, interiors were now compositions that required careful orchestration. Domestic advice pundits constantly drew analogies with both painting and music. . . .

Paying for Green In China (11-20-14)

Hu and his colleagues investigated the willingness of home shoppers in China to pay for green construction. Their work revealed “that the socio-economic status of homebuyers determines their willingness to pay for green attributes. Only the rich are prepared to pay for green apartments to improve their living comfort. To all, the notion of health is appealing as consumers are willing to pay for an unpolluted environment and for non-toxic construction materials used in buildings in good locations.”

Seniors to the Suburbs (10-31-14)

Researchers at Concordia University have found that people over 65 are moving to homes in the suburbs.  This has significant repercussions for the design of not only residences but also the neighborhoods in which they’re located.  As a press release related to the Concordia study reports, “By 2040, there will be more than three times the number of Americans aged 80+ than there were in 2000. Condo towers crowding city skylines seem to reflect builders’ hopes that the grey set will head to urban centres for increased services and better transit options.

Living Near the Road May Be Convenient, But . . . (10-08-14)

Living near a major road doesn’t seem to be good for women.  According to Hart and her colleagues “Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a major source of mortality and is the first manifestation of heart disease for the majority of cases. Thus, there is a definite need to identify risk factors for SCD that can be modified on the population level. Exposure to traffic, measured by residential roadway proximity, has been shown to be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. . . . women living within 50 meters of a major roadway had an elevated risk of SCD. . . .

Gardens and Dementia (09-25-14)

Whear and her fellow researchers conducted a literature review of studies dealing with dementia among people living in care homes and time spent in gardens.  More specifically they “examine[d] the impact of gardens and outdoor spaces on the mental and physical well-being of people with dementia who are resident in care homes and [to] understand the views of people with dementia, their carers, and care home staff on the value of gardens and outdoor spaces.”  They found “promising impacts on levels of agitation in care home residents with dementia who spend time in a garden.”&n

Showering (09-03-14)

The Delta Faucet Company has investigated Americans’ bathing habits.  The insights they garnered can inform the design of bathrooms, in general.  Delta learned that “Relaxation is key when it comes to showering and bathing rituals.  Just under half of Americans note relaxing as the most important thing after washing. . . .Seventy-seven percent of Americans shower or bathe at least once per day, with 21 percent showering more than once a day. . . .