Research Conversations

The language we speak and the metaphors we use influence how we experience the world around us and the designed elements in it.  Neuroscience research details how to recognize and respect verbal conditions while developing physical ones.

Frank Lloyd Wright interior

Sometimes visually minimalistic design is trendy other times maximalism prevails.  Neuroscience makes a case for visual “medium-ism” (in technical terms: moderate visual complexity) and indicates the best ways to achieve it.


Both physical and mental health are linked to effective ventilation and air movement management. Neuroscience studies suggest how to manage “air” so it’s more likely that people think and act in positive ways, ones that boost their wellbeing and cognitive performance.

Neuroscientists have learned a lot about how design can help keep humans from feeling crowded. 

Book Reviews

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Developing powerful options


Programming in relaxing stress busters

Using WELL to elevate offices

Keeping everyone on the right route

Hearing more than "just words"

Training affects responses

Upping activity levels

Distancing comfortably

Design at Work


For the last several years, the Politecnico di Milano has been building out new spaces on its campuses; these areas are definitely places where design works to its full potential. 

Open Access Article

provided by a partnership between RDC and DLRGROUP

Petersen Elementary School

How can we add information about sustainability and wellness outcomes to the built environment without adding noise, confusion, or distraction? And what kind of information will be most meaningful to occupants who may or may not have high expectations of the spaces they use? Why is letting people know about the sustainability of spaces used worth the effort?

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Burro recently lead a study linking personality and preferences for various wines; it is possible that this team’s findings are applicable more broadly.

Dang and team studied how people spend time on green roofs.

A study published in the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (Diabetologia) will support better management of outdoor artificial light at night (LAN) and actions such as using black-out curtains in bedrooms.