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Lobbies and Temperatures (08-31-17)

Research by Vargas and her team indicates that lobbies can be useful thermal transition zones.  The team reports that “Maintaining comfort levels while reducing energy demand in buildings in the face of climate change is a key challenge in temperate zones. Creating transitional spaces and thermal variation in buildings may offer a way forward.”  Data were collected in three higher education buildings in the United Kingdom.

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Research Conversations

StockholmPlants

Humans live better lives around plants – whether those plants are “real” or man made or pictured in artwork.  Research in the sciences makes it clear that our green leafy friends can’t be ignored and shouldn’t be abandoned.
  

UnionStationChicago

Cognitive scientists have extensively researched how the design of a building can streamline its evacuation.    This article presents the most applicable of their findings.
 

2017Design

In the last three years (2015 – 2017) scientists have been busy publishing important new insights on how what we see, hear, touch, and smell influences how we think and behave.  Their most important design-relevant work is reported here. 
 

Often designing a familiar-seeming sort of environment/object is best, although there are plenty of situations when unusual is a better design direction.   

PlaceCoach News Briefs

IITStudentZone

Public debate on findings continues
 

RedChair

Color gets mainstream attention

Relevant research reviewed by a master

Light intensity affects mood and alertness

Response to art linked to the room

Positive design for the homeless and formerly homeless

Who likes what varies, a lot

Are all seasons created equal?

Book Reviews

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Learn more about designing spaces where people do well, mentally and physically

Packed with useful insights  savvy designers can  apply

Design at Work

LondonDesMuseum

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