Research Conversations

Neuroscientists have evaluated the repercussions—cognitive and physical—of the sounds we hear.  The insights they’ve gathered can inform the design of situation-effective soundscapes.  


Scientists have linked gender to differences in how people experience the physical environment. Being familiar with these differences enables designers to fine tune the development of objects and spaces that will be used primarily by one gender and also to understand how males and females can more pleasantly share their worlds.   


New ways of living are prompting fresh design options - and research by cognitive scientists can bolster them all.  Workplaces are supporting activity-based work and co-working. Opportunities to be active, at Earth-friendly spaces, are increasingly important.  Libraries, schools, and palliative care facilities have new missions.  Even “selfies” have design implications.

The studies detailed in this article, whose findings have become available in the last three months, are relevant to the design of any sort of location, from homes to schools to stores to workplaces to healthcare facilities to . . . 

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Supporting positive experiences

Airplane Lighting

Pairing bright/dim and warm/cool

Multiple factors relevant

Scaling and contrast investigated

Risk taking affected

What is best?  Abstract? Realistic? None at all?

Getting people rolling isn't easy

Product perceptions swayed by design

Book Reviews

Design at Work


Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki, designed by architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and consecrated in 1969, is a majestic, otherworldly space.