Ceilings significantly affect the psychological experience of being in a place, although space users do not often focus on these horizontal planes. This article reviews neuroscience research on ceilings and how these surfaces can be used to achieve design objectives.
Cognitive science research in urban and other settings regularly shows that people are people no matter where they are and that they respond in consistent ways to the worlds around themselves. This article highlights findings from urban design studies that illustrate fundamental design principles that improve people’s lives, anyplace.
Designed and natural spaces can inspire awe in humans. How do they produce this effect and why does it matter? Applying insights gained from social science research to answer these questions enhances design practice.
How we sense and make sense of the environment around us—and how our brains work with information, in general—can vary based on where we are on Earth. We discuss Equator-relative, design-related variations in thoughts and behaviors in this article.
Findings that prevent crowding
Build in exploration
Quantifying the effects of applying basic principles
What's on the walls matters
The right answer depends on location
Research to inform design that supports rehabilitation
Practical. Relevant. Free.
Varying user experiences can be appropriate
Makes unconscious forces conscious considerations
A crucial guide to an important tool