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This content was previously published in RDC's July 2014 issue. Also below is additional free special guest editor content.

Research Conversations

Meeting area design can make successful sessions more likely.

Well designed lobbies are organizational assets.

What we touch matters, a lot.

Including areas with prospect and refuge in designed spaces is an important principle of biophilic design.

PlaceCoach News Briefs

Developing quiet and healthy cities.

Review of optimal retail design practices

More links between temperature and opinions

Lighting that makes desirable behavior more likely

Eliminating LED induced glare

Create spaces for people with varying sensory capabilities.


“Every design is a hypothesis waiting to be tested.”

Designing to smooth prisoner/guard interactions.

Book Reviews

Special Guest Editorials

Designers and planners increasingly work on complicated, multi-stakeholder projects. Behavioral economics, a sub-discipline of economics that focuses on how people actually behave (as opposed to the prevailing “rational actor” economic theories that propose how people should behave), provides insights and approaches to help designers and planners better understand stakeholders’ perspectives and achieve successful outcomes. This articlee was originally published in 2011.

This second part of a two-part article covers behavioral economics and neuroeconomics concepts that can assist designers and planners with stakeholder selection of optimal alternatives, stakeholder acceptance of mitigation measures, understanding large scale proposals, and improving long term decision making. This article was originally published in 2011.

The ways in which music and nature impact patients can be caught in the conflict between technological and natural therapeutic interventions. This article was originally published in 2009.

In this article, we will look at the impact of the “characterless walls,” as they define the patient space and how nature elements mitigate some of the generic, impersonal features common to institutional care. This article was published in 2010.