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One of the often-touted goals of neotraditional neighborhood design is to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment—one where residents walk and bike to local attractions, rather than drive. Several recent studies look at how people’s actions may support or hinder those aims.
This issue continues to highlight the connection between design and human behavior across diverse settings.
A recent article reviews a number of ways that architects designing school buildings are improving the acoustics in classrooms which are applicable to office and hospital conference rooms and any other environments where proper acoustics can improve experience.
Stress increases in toddlers at day care centers when inadequate space is available per child.
Recent research again indicates that aquariums have a positive influence on human experience.
Although several interesting products were shown at this year’s NeoCon show, in general the contract furniture industry seemed to be biding its time, and conserving its resources until sales for this economically depressed industry rebound.
Increasingly, retailers are using the same firms to design their physical and virtual environments, to ensure a consistent approach to the consumer for each marketing channel. The articles cited on consumer behavior are all interesting and valuable resources for designers or consultants involved with e-commerce web sites.
Playing classical music in a restaurant increases diner spending.
Hypersonic Sound Systems (HSS) can focus sound into a very specific location.
The North Carolina State Building Commission has now been authorized, to establish POE rules for various bodies within the responsibility of the State Construction Office. This is believed to be the first POE requirement at the state level.