Research Conversations


Art has a significant effect on how people live their lives, how they think and behave.  Science-informed art selection, placement, and labeling can enhance mental and physical wellbeing.


The role of libraries in societies is evolving so long-standing aspects of their design are being re-considered.  Neuroscientists have extensively researched topics relevant to the design of future libraries. 


The design and placement of windows influence the comfort, health, and mood of people in a structure.   They also signal to us what we can expect to happen in a building and who we’re likely to meet there.  Windows are much more than just holes in walls.

How individual sensory inputs combine in our bodies and brains to produce an overall response to where we are and what we’re doing has important implications for design effectiveness and has been thoroughly studied.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Communications-related consequences 


Visual warmth and perceived intimacy linked

A distinguished team supplies design specifics

Natural elements, mental state, and popularity

Spaces can boost user health

In EDs, co-worker visibility is desirable

Live or recorded makes a difference

Six features identified

Book Reviews


A conceptual and practical overview of key insights

Builds empathy for kids' design-related experiences 

Design at Work


Greeley Square Park in Manhattan makes visitors feel comfortable, mentally and physically.