The Center for the Built Environment at the University of California, Berkeley has presented its 2020 Livable Building Award to the renovation and expansion of Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco. The award “recognizes buildings that demonstrate ‘livability’ in terms of occupant satisfaction, sustainability and architectural design. . . . .The award jury, consisting of CBE industry partners, commended the design of the school in terms of its openness to the community, its layered access to views and daylight, and also that the design addressed equity, carbon and resilience. . .
Loder’s book shares useful insights on greening cities. In her introduction, Loder describes her text: it focuses on “how creatively bringing nature into cities can provide multiple benefits that can help to mitigate many of the urban problems we face. . . . Using new research and case studies on perceptions of small-scale urban greening projects . . .
Evans continues his important work linking the spaces where children grow up to their later-in-life experiences. He reports that “Child development reflects interactions between personal characteristics and the physical and social environment. . . . In this article, I describe . . . physical-setting characteristics that can influence child development, focusing on environmental stressors such as noise, crowding, and chaos along with structural quality of housing, day care, and schools.
Neuroscientists have developed a clear understanding of how symmetry, line, harmony, balance, and similar fundamental attributes of design influence how we think and behave and how and when these design elements should be employed in practice.
The design of the space immediately around us as we work, our workspace, has a significant effect on our wellbeing and cognitive performance. Neuroscience-based best practices should drive the form of our workspaces, in the office, at home, or wherever else we may find ourselves doing mental tasks.
Smells smelled and tastes tasted are powerful drivers of human wellbeing, as symptoms experienced by some during the recent pandemic indicate. For decades prior to the spread of COVID-19, however, cognitive scientists have been investigating how scents can influence achievement of design-related objectives and how design affects taste sensations.
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Comfort, emotion, and performance links to workplace windows
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