Research Design Connections


Research Conversations


Coordinating design with organizational culture sends clear signals to space users about how an organization “thinks and behaves.” It enhances user wellbeing and cognitive performance; culture-inconsistent design stresses users, compromising their mental and physical health and comfort.


When all participants can effectively and efficiently communicate with each other, conversations help us manage our world and resolve differences in opinions.  Design can make it more likely that constructive discussions take place.


In studies published during the last three years (2015 to 2017), cognitive scientists have thoroughly investigated how people experience environmentally responsible design and its effects on their welfare and wellbeing.  This article summarizes their findings on “living green.”

People interested in developing health-promoting cities gathered in London for the first Healthy City International Congress and Exhibition.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Perceptions and temperature related


Motion affects evaluations

Certifying is not satisfying

Workplace options => opinions and behaviors

Some pluses, some minuses

Efficiency tied to feeling comfortable

Oseland reports design priorities

Art and creativity, linked

Book Reviews


Understand technology's role in past, and future, design

Learn about flavor, design better spaces/objects

Design at Work


London’s Design Museum is a marvelous place to spend time and to learn about design's ability to influence our lives.