Recent research to assist in designing camping sites and hiking trails.
Walkers travel slower if vegetation is nearby but traffic isn't.
How should outdoor play areas at schools be designed?
The roadside environment influences driver behavior.
It is necessary to consider the safety and security of facility users under abnormal, as well as normal, conditions and for design or management staff to examine their facility plans for both potential trouble spots and characteristics that facilitate help when problems do arise.
Healing Gardens, edited by Clare Cooper Marcus and Marni Barnes, is a comprehensive resource, bringing together many experts to discuss the general issues—and also the fine points—of healing gardens. Martha Tyson’s book, in contrast, concentrates more on the design process of creating a healing garden.
Understanding and accommodating user needs is a sound design maxim. Researchers interviewed Seattle truck drivers to obtain their views on the design of commercial urban and suburban buildings.
Two studies examine how neighborhood and streetscape preferences affect pedestrian behavior. One study investigates how environmental aesthetics and neighborhood design affect walking for exercise, and the other examines visitor path-choice at urban intersections.
While many human choices have limited consequences, landscape preferences influence actions that ultimately help or hinder an area’s ecology. Several recent articles address varied aspects of this complex relationship. This is the first part of a two-part RDC review on the subject and its design implications.
What does it take to create not only a pedestrian-friendly place, but a place that pedestrians are drawn to?