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A classic article on the environmental effects of noise found that noise levels typical of open offices increases stress.
Researchers have been investigating event-places, "which make powerful linkages between physical and social phenomena."
Researchers have determined that there is a positive relationship between duration of time in a park and lower systolic blood pressure, as well as a relationship between being in a park with another person and how healthy the person in the park perceives himself or herself to be.
A new study has quantified reductions in worker performance related to cooler temperatures in a workspace.
The two sets of items presented in the included lists approach the issue of quality of design and building from two different and diametrically opposed positions: the "Top 10 Problems in Building Performance" represent the cumulative experience of the author over a period of 40 years, while "The Seven Principles of Universal Design" resulted from the deliberations by members of the Center for Universal Design.
There is a great obstacle for children of all abilities reaching their objective of engaged play. It is an element within the playground under the exclusive control of adults – surfacing!
Several recently published reviews that examine the research literature provide information about the appropriate design of health care environments. Taken together, they are a useful and up-to-date starting point on approaching this research.
Transportation and health experts continue to tout the benefits of walking for exercise and for neighborhood errands. One recent review examines eighteen separate studies on walking to determine common factors in the environment that might help or hinder walking, while another lays out guidelines to help quantify what makes a street or walkway comfortable for pedestrians—laying the groundwork for an assessment tool. Originally published in Issue 4, 2004.
The Rudy Bruner Award searches for urban places that embody excellence, and celebrates their contribution to the richness and diversity of urban experience.
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.