People e-mailed requests to participate in an online survey (whether the survey itself or a link to the survey appears in the e-mail) often forward these requests on to other people, which results in what is known as the “pass-along” effect.
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Designers collecting information often have people answer questions using a set of responses that runs from 1 to 5 (or so).
Spaces can have different types of value. CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) outlines six different sorts of value that can be assigned to built spaces.
Both Talen and Craw et al. recently have completed research related to the design of optimal urban spaces. While Craw and her colleagues have investigated issues related to the graffiti afflicting many areas, Talen has looked more holistically at developing measures for well-designed urban spaces.
People's responses to specific neighborhoods and outdoor areas can vary greatly, and these subjective reactions are often difficult to quantify. A new tool, though, may help.
One widely held tenet of better building design is the importance of learning from the successes and deficiencies of current or just-built projects. Often such learning has been done during a post-occupancy evaluation (POE). Several articles cover new approaches to eliciting and implementing project feedback.
Environmental designers have only recently focused on the therapeutic effects of the outdoor environment upon those with Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study provides new insights for those who are trying to meet the challenges of improving the quality of life for those affected by this devastating disease.
Design Psychology makes use of the emotional factor in people’s responses to the environment. In fact, design psychology is unique in its recognition of the critical role emotion plays in the way people react to their physical surroundings.