Facilities kicked off 2011 by publishing a series of articles discussing the design of workplaces in which people are more likely to be creative. The findings are relevant to office design, but also useful when developing healthcare and academic spaces.
Recent workplace research has focused on the types of spaces in which workers are most likely to be productive, as well features that aid concentration.
Green office design can have positive effects on the attitudes and behaviors of people who work in them.
Several recent research findings provide useful information to retail designers on the use of colors, music and scents, as well as matching the retail environment to consumer needs.
A recent issue of the Journal of Consumer Psychology explores consumer response to aesthetics in a range of commercial settings. The findings reported are relevant for the design of objects, as well as the design of spaces, commercial or otherwise.
In 2001, Brill, Weidemann and their BOSTI colleagues published insights gleaned from a review of their extensive client database. Although based on data collected from 1994 to 2000 via 13,000 user questionnaires, their findings are as fresh today as when they were originally published.
The interaction of place and mood continues to be an interesting and useful area of research.
Researchers have completed several interesting studies of restorative environments.
There is more to optimal workplace design than adding a few windows.
New research quantifies the sleep-disrupting capabilities of nighttime hospital noises.