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A recent article in American Demographics discussed several trends in hospital design.
Evidence has shown that ergonomic interventions can decrease worker discomfort, but can they increase productivity? Are ergonomic guidelines being ignored in schools?
The National Research Council (NRC) of Canada has recently completed its COPE (Cost-effective Open-Plan Environments) project for workplace environments.
Researchers have determined that distances judged along a horizontal surface seem shorter when a discontinuity in the surface is produced in certain ways.
Arthur Stamps (Institute of Environmental Quality) studied enclosure using visual simulations with three varied properties: height of enclosure, permeability, and the perceived area of the enclosure.
Designing streets for pedestrians requires consideration of a basic concern—safety. Yet, many safety installations, such as raised islands, installed sidewalks, and pedestrian overpasses can be expensive to design and install. Can lower-cost interventions be effective?
Researchers found that the smell of peppermint improved performance and the speed at which tedious clerical tasks were accomplished.
The Mayo Clinic, in a study that monitored nighttime noise at one of its own hospitals, has determined that the sound levels experienced by patients can approach those of people using chain saws.
Why go to the mall? Two articles examine shopper motivation and how shoppers' mall memories and preferences affect shopping behavior.
What are the most important benefits sought by zoo visitors? What can surveys and a post-occupancy evalutation reveal about zoo design?