Residential Dwelling

Homecoming Really Does Make Us Feel Good (03-25-15)

Anthropologists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studied the hormonal balance of men returning home.  They determined (and reported in the Royal Society journal Biological Letters) that “Absence, it seems, really does make the heart grow fonder. . . .That’s according to . . . anthropologists, who found that levels of the “love” hormone oxytocin increases among Tsimane men when they come home to their families after a day of hunting. . . .The Tsimane are an indigenous population of forager-farmers and hunters who live in the lowlands of Bolivia’s Amazon basin. .

Teleworking and Mood (12-18-14)

Anderson, Kaplan, and Vega set out to learn how teleworking influences the mood of teleworkers.  They learned by collecting information from people who sometimes telework and sometimes work in the office that “employees experience more job-related positive affective [emotional] well-being (PAWB) and less job-related negative affective well-being (NAWB) on days when they were teleworking compared to days they were working in the office.”

“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.