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People are just not very happy to be using certain sorts of services – who likes to get their car fixed? In environments where unpleasant things can be expected to happen, designers should help service providers reduce the uncertainty of the person served, by supplying tools to disseminate information about the service as well as the effectiveness/skill of the service/provider, all in a confidence-inspiring ambient environment. This reduction of uncertainty can be contrasted with a…
The Biomimicry Institute, founded by Janine Benyus, has created a new website assessable by the general public, asknature.org.
Although we can perceive many, many levels of lightness (from coal to snow), human languages have at most 3 terms to describe it.
Lehrer has written a brief, but valuable, introduction to neuroaesthetics.
Kingwell is fundamentally a philosopher and brings this orientation to his discussion of the experience of being in a city.
Gordon has prepared a spellbinding architectural and cultural history of the airport.
Researchers associated with Steelcase, have investigated the triple bottom line (financial, social, and environment) and workplace design.
Providing workers with control of aspects of their physical environments has clear psychological benefits.
The acoustics in classrooms are a major concern of designers and educators and they have a significant influence on how well children learn.
Recent research by Speer and her colleagues has determined that “readers understand a story by simulating the events in the story world and updating their simulation when features of that world change.”