Some pluses, some minuses
Research Design Connections
Efficiency tied to feeling comfortable
Oseland reports design priorities
Art and creativity, linked
Monsivais and his colleagues learned that the timing of the natural light we experience during a day influences our behavior, even when we have ready access to artificial (electric, for example) light. They report that “For humans living in urban areas, the modern daily life is very different from that of people who lived in ancient times, from which today’s societies evolved. Mainly due to the availability of artificial lighting, modern humans have been able to modify their natural daily cycles. . . .
EDRA is now accepting applications for its CORE (Certificate of Research Excellence) program (deadline: January 15, 2018). For more information and to apply, visit the website noted below.
Chaney and Sanchez studied responses to gender-inclusive bathrooms; best practices for designing these sorts of rest rooms have been receiving a lot of attention recently, for example here: https://qz.com/933704/how-to-design-transgender-friendly-bathrooms-that-make-people-of-all-genders-feel-safe/. Chaney/Sanchez report that “While gender-inclusive bathrooms serve a practical function of providing a safe public restroom for transgender individuals, they may also sig
Environmental cues encourage us to eat in particular ways. Joyner, Kim, and Gearhardt found that “In a cue-rich compared to neutral environment, (a) wanting [to eat was] greater whereas liking [of food] . . . remain[ed] the same, (b) feelings of hunger [were] greater, and (c) food consumption [was] greater.” The cue-rich environment tested was designed to bring the experience of being in a fast food restaurant to mind: it “included . . . booths. . . . [and] Menu boards with images . . . projected on large television screens. . . .
Carbon dioxide levels in sleeping areas affect how well we sleep. Mishra and colleagues conducted a related study: “Bedroom carbon dioxide level, temperature, and relative humidity were measured over 5 days, for two cases: open window or door (internal, bedroom door), and closed window and door. . . . Average carbon dioxide level for the Open conditions was 717 ppm . . .and for Closed conditions was 1150 ppm. . . . Absolute humidity levels were similar for both conditions, while Open conditions were slightly cooler (mean = 19.7 degrees Celsius . .
Naomi Sachs recently presented data from her dissertation (completed at Texas A & M University) at the Children’s Outdoor Environments and Healthcare and Therapeutic Design Meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She reported on information gathered during her development of the Healthcare Garden Evaluation Toolkit (H-GET). Sachs found via her “surveys of patients, visitors, and staff . . . that both groups (patients/visitors and staff) were not as opposed sharing a garden as had been hypothesized.