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In this issue we cover an atypical venue—museums—with special attention to science museums. As always, we review important research covering both outdoor and interior places—in this case, from studies on how to promote walking in neighborhoods to color preferences.
The passage of an ANSI standard for classroom acoustics makes setting school acoustic standards easier, but who is listening? If the intention is to modify classrooms, what factors should be considered?
Elementary school teachers assess the teaching and learning activities promoted by five different classroom shapes (shallow rectangle, deep rectangle, T-shaped, fat-L-shaped and cross-shaped) in this research report.
Museums, and particularly science museums, are continuing to investigate the ways in which places themselves, rather than individuals, facilitate learning. Many of the museum findings are applicable wherever informal learning takes place—schools, playgrounds and children’s gardens, training centers, and potentially even dementia care facilities.
Although hospitals have long been thought of as places to cure disease, new ideas about what hospitals should be and how they should function are creating new challenges for hospital designers and caregivers.
Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) has developed two free software tools to help designers, managers, and planners configure open-plan office environments.
Recent color research has investigated relationships between the emotions and preference.
In a study of forest settings without paths, researchers have shown that if a location has either visual access or legibility, it will be preferred.
Men and women perceive the color red in different ways.
Individuals talking on cell phones are not as aware of information being presented in the area they are passing through as individuals who are not talking on cell phones.