This classic article explains how color saturation and brightness can influence emotions.
The aim of a healing garden is to provide a place of respite and renewal. Yet such a goal has to include the different needs of patients, visitors, and staff. An evaluation of how three healing gardens at a pediatric cancer center were used and appreciated provides insight into maximizing the use of healing gardens for these diverse populations.
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.
Three articles on how certain aspects of the environment affect people’s perception of danger add to our knowledge about how to make places safer.
It seems intuitive that outdoor views and plants can decrease stress for office workers. But how might plants and views affect people when used together?
Allsteel, a major manufacturer of office furniture, recently released information collected from office workers about their satisfaction and desires regarding their workspaces.
Although studies have shown how neighborhood features can affect the activity of adults, less is known about how these features might affect young adults. Researchers studied the physical activity of Boy Scouts (10–14 years of age) around their Houston homes.
New research on pedestrian dynamics offers insight to designers who need to design facilities and spaces for the possibility of quick evacuations.
Researchers testing hand-held interactive guides that use landmarks as navigational cues discovered that these devices can help both younger and older adults move through a space, but were particularly useful for older adults.
After reviewing a series of published studies relating housing characteristics and manifestations of poor mental health (such as childhood behavioral problems and depression in adults), researchers were able to draw several conclusions about the relationship between housing characteristics and mental health.