2018 - May

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Sally Augustin

Transition Areas: Fostering Promising Spatial Welcomes

Transitioning from outside to inside or from one zone outdoors or indoors to another is a big deal psychologically and it’s an experience that design can elevate, or not. Cognitive scientists have investigated many space transition-related topics, and applying their findings in practice makes positive transitions more probable than negative ones.

Collaboration Spaces: Designing to Support Teamwork 

For many groups, effective collaboration is a prerequisite for success. Neuroscience-based design keeps colleagues—in offices, healthcare facilities, schools, and elsewhere—effectively working toward common goals. 

Choices: How, Who, What, When, Why, and Where 

Social scientists have developed a rich understanding of how people make choices—and clients, users, and designers all make decisions.  Designers who know how decisions get made are more likely to produce places and things that enhance both human wellbeing and performance.

Finding a Way to Wayfinding Solutions

Traveling from place to place can be physically and mentally challenging.  Researchers have thoroughly explored how architecture, interior design, and signage can help us keep moving toward our intended destinations—and minimize our stress levels along the way. 

Fine-Tuning Circadian Lighting

Demystifying circadian stimulus

National Culture: Design Repercussions

Culture-blind design is not a good idea

Sitting Time and Shared Spaces

A more nuanced "cure" for workplace sitting

Psychiatric Hospital Patient Density: Implications

Patients per room and aggression linked

Perceived Urban Stress 

Stressed, by design

Encouraging Healthy Eating

Sound and food choices

Improving Urban Experiences

Spaces that are simultaneously good and bad

Working in a High-Performance Building

Making high performance work at work

Life Takes Place: Phenomenology, Lifeworlds, and Place Making

Tools to enrich designers’ problem solving processes