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It seems intuitive that outdoor views and plants can decrease stress for office workers. But how might plants and views affect people when used together?
The question of how office workers are affected by features of the physical environment in which they work has preoccupied researchers as well as designers and building industry professionals for many years. Studies indicate that regardless of physical features, office employees become invested in and attached to their workspaces.
Researchers investigated current and idealized family gathering spaces through interviews with parents of elementary-school-aged children.
Researchers asked people to identify what settings they favored for restoration, the preferred social context, and how a limited time budget affected restoration experiences. Another study investigated how being with others affected restorative experiences.
Although BRAND sense focuses on the influence of products on human experience, the lessons it can teach people who design and manage places are also important.
Preiser and Vischer have compiled an extremely useful tool for people determining the influence of a built structure on human experience.
As always, we bring you what’s new in environmental design, wherever we find it.
For most children, directed learning occurs in a specific place they inhabit every school day—their school building. Two research studies add to our understanding of how these physical places can affect children’s learning-related behaviors and performance
After statistically analyzing the colors used in homes, offices, and commercial settings, researchers determined that the color palette for residential spaces tends to use distinctively warm colors. Offices and commercial spaces tend to use warm and cool colors in roughly equal proportions.
The physical environment can be a source of engagement and learning for young children or it can inhibit learning opportunities. In out of home child care, both center and family-based, the physical environment should support learning as much as possible. How does learning and the physical environment intersect?