In this classic article, patients seemed to experience less uncontrolled pain when they had the opportunity to look at nature scene murals and listen to a tape recording of nature sounds.
Sound can be used to define spaces at a room, building, or city level, with soundscapes affecting patterns of social association, physical movement and interaction.
More people than ever are turning to the country’s national forests for recreation, and they’re bumping into each other—philosophically, if not literally.
Designers’ focus on creating experiences for users is relatively new.
Being exposed to bright light at specific points during the day increases the length of time that people with dementia remain asleep at night.
People visiting coffee shops can reap psychological benefits from their visits even if they do not actively socialize with other patrons.
Design can address ways to spur interaction among people in different age groups.
Well-intentioned citizens without any formal training in planning are responsible for thousands of land-use decisions every year.
In 1990, Stokols presented two frameworks that can be used to discuss how human beings interact with the environments that surround them. These descriptions of instrumental and spiritual approaches remain useful today.
Measures to make it more pleasant to walk along streets can also calm traffic, making the pedestrian experience both more enjoyable and safer.