Archinect - News 2014-10-24T08:13:07-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/88700428/creativity-is-rejected-teachers-and-bosses-don-t-value-out-of-the-box-thinking Creativity is rejected: Teachers and bosses don’t value out-of-the-box thinking Archinect 2013-12-12T20:48:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T20:47:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/30f0a69acca28787759718fc8f7d9850.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most people don&rsquo;t actually like it. Studies confirm what many creative people have suspected all along: People are biased against creative thinking, despite all of their insistence otherwise. &ldquo;We think of creative people in a heroic manner, and we celebrate them, but the thing we celebrate is the after-effect,&rdquo; says Barry Staw, a researcher at the University of California&ndash;Berkeley business school who specializes in creativity.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/88462415/designing-and-understanding-the-happy-city Designing and understanding the "Happy City" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-09T20:24:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:14:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ar/arw4066vg0qmqvfk.jpg" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"For years, urban designers and architects have claimed happiness as their goal," Montgomery says. "And yet none of the claims have been supported by empirical evidence. Which isn't to say they're not right. It's just to say that we don't know. That we haven't known." In this spirit of empirical discovery, Montgomery takes readers around the world in search of the places where urban design has (and has not) improved quality-of-life.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Human behavior can be extremely difficult to quantify, and determining its exact context even harder. But some cities just seem happier than others, no matter how difficult that status is to qualify. In his book, <em>Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design</em>, Charles Montgomery tries to create an empirical basis for that causal link between happiness and urban design, through case studies of cities where those two concepts are clearly intertwined. Montgomery spoke with Eric Jaffe at&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic Cities&nbsp;</em>about his research for the book, and how we measure happiness.</p> <p> Sensitive to the fact that what works in Bogot&aacute; might not fly in Oslo, Montgomery is not out to find hard-and-fast rules for happiness. He instead wants to tease out methods of urban design that civic governments may use to become more sensitive, responsive and accountable to their citizens' well-being.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87448147/do-these-buildings-turn-you-on-the-psychology-of-curvy-architecture Do these buildings turn you on? The psychology of curvy architecture Archinect 2013-11-26T12:34:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T10:12:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/12ji1teqvop3vmoc.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oshin Vartanian and his colleagues slipped a group of people inside a brain-scanning machine and flashed hundreds of interior designs -- some curvy, some angular -- in front of them. They then had the choice of describing each room as either "beautiful" or "not beautiful." The study found that participants overwhelmingly preferred interior spaces with curving coffee tables, meandering sofas and winding floor patterns to rooms filled with angular furniture and rectilinear design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/84992115/the-psychology-of-online-comments The Psychology of Online Comments Archinect 2013-10-25T15:59:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T20:23:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18c40a79e9569e989e9a17dcda018dd4.jpg" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the nastier the comments, the more polarized readers became about the contents of the article, a phenomenon they dubbed the &ldquo;nasty effect.&rdquo; But the nasty effect isn&rsquo;t new, or unique to the Internet. Psychologists have long worried about the difference between face-to-face communication and more removed ways of talking&mdash;the letter, the telegraph, the phone. Without the traditional trappings of personal communication, like non-verbal cues, context, and tone, comments can become overly impersonal...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/79381636/ucla-s-patricia-greenfield-tracks-urban-psychology-with-words UCLA's Patricia Greenfield Tracks Urban Psychology With Words Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-13T18:21:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T21:10:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mn/mnjw9qep5dkzoz1x.jpg" width="514" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a society slowly urbanizes over time, its psychology and culture change, too... If American culture and psychology grew more individualistic as the country urbanized, wouldn't that transformation be clear in the words from American books (and the concepts that lie behind them)?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Urban and rural environments impact personal psychology differently, according to research published by UCLA psychologist Patricia Greenfield in&nbsp;<a href="http://pss.sagepub.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Psychological Science</a>. While observational evidence may draw a clear line between current city- and country-mindsets, Greenfield's source material draws on data from over 200 years of publishing in the United States. Using <a href="http://books.google.com/ngrams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Books Ngram Viewer</a>, Greenfield tracked English words that refer to certain trends or larger ideas, such as "obliged" vs. "choose", to see if urbanization accompanies a more individualistic mentality. It's given that a word's frequency of use will change over time, but seeing how that frequency correlates with urbanization is an exciting metric for the collective urban unconscious.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68470665/why-we-love-beautiful-things Why We Love Beautiful Things Archinect 2013-02-27T19:03:00-05:00 >2013-02-27T19:03:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7f5c28608a1deeeb9e625301e14df512.jpg" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>window views of landscapes, research shows, can speed patient recovery in hospitals, aid learning in classrooms and spur productivity in the workplace. In studies of call centers, for example, workers who could see the outdoors completed tasks 6 to 7 percent more efficiently than those who couldn&rsquo;t, generating an annual savings of nearly $3,000 per employee.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63950936/after-newtown-architects-weigh-school-design-changes After Newtown, Architects Weigh School Design Changes Archinect 2012-12-22T17:46:00-05:00 >2012-12-30T18:33:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d48950f0ebc831828aad6f370c172667.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mark Simon, a founding partner of Centerbrook Architects and Planners, agrees. &ldquo;I think [bars and other fortifying techniques] send the wrong message to both kids and teachers,&rdquo; he says. Based in Centerbrook, Connecticut, Simon has designed 20 school buildings, including five public elementary schools, though none in Newtown. &ldquo;Buildings tell stories, and when a building is designed that way, it tells you that it doesn&rsquo;t trust you. And kids intuit that they&rsquo;re not trusted,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/59016400/mindy-fullilove-named-aia-public-director Mindy Fullilove Named AIA Public Director Archinect 2012-10-10T11:42:00-04:00 >2012-10-10T11:44:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/86/86taidpyev4ln8em.jpg" width="314" height="211" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dr. Fulliove is a research psychiatrist at New York State University Psychiatric Institute and professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. In her role with the AIA Board she will share her insights gained from studying the problems of American cities from a psychiatric perspective.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/47316399/a-study-on-job-seekers-mental-health A Study on Job Seekers' Mental Health Archinect 2012-05-04T20:00:00-04:00 >2012-05-04T20:52:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nw/nwoqy9b64fvfotu2.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to a new study led by Connie Wanberg, a University of Minnesota professor of organizational and work behavior, the average laid-off worker experiences a gradual improvement in mental health until the 10- to 12-week mark, when the trend reverses. The study found that those participants who reported better mental health tended to conduct more intense job searches, increasing their likelihood of landing jobs.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here, <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">take a happy pill</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/41963078/how-roger-thomas-redesigned-las-vegas How Roger Thomas Redesigned Las Vegas Archinect 2012-03-19T11:29:00-04:00 >2012-03-19T11:29:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/ap519k9l81f7589f.jpg" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wynn&rsquo;s hotels are famous for having brought a luxurious, five-star approach to Vegas. But their real achievement may be psychological: they have remade the architecture of gaming itself. The received wisdom of modern casino design was codified by a former gambling addict named Bill Friedman in his book &ldquo;Designing Casinos to Dominate the Competition.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jonah Lehrer pens a piece in this week&rsquo;s issue of the New Yorker, in which he visits Roger Thomas, the head of design at Wynn Resorts, who has revolutionized casino design in Las Vegas.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/33843010/seeing-the-building-for-the-trees Seeing the Building for the Trees Nam Henderson 2012-01-08T23:32:00-05:00 >2012-01-09T22:51:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6m/6mj8vi4ukadbkfmz.jpg" width="514" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A REVOLUTION in cognitive neuroscience is changing the kinds of experiments that scientists conduct, the kinds of questions economists ask and, increasingly, the ways that architects, landscape architects and urban designers shape our built environment. This revolution reveals that thought is less transparent to the thinker than it appears and that the mind is less rational than we believe and more associative than we know.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architecture critic, Sarah Williams Goldhagen wrote a brief piece exploring the use&nbsp; of embodied metaphors in contemporary architecture. Looking at recent works by Junya Ishigami, J&uuml;rgen Mayer H., Zaha Hadid and Sanaa for instance, Goldhagen notes that the use of metaphors that allude to trees, river-like space or a habitable mountain-scape, is on the rise. While the possibilities of the ongoing revolution in our understanding of human cognition and their potential for shaping the design of our built environment are unknown she believes that the employment of such metaphors in such projects "<strong>point toward how the built environment could &mdash; and should &mdash; be radically reconceptualized around the fundamental workings of the human mind.</strong>"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/21463508/commercial-architecture-s-similarity-across-nation-provides-mobile-americans-with-a-sense-of-stability-study-says Commercial architecture’s similarity across nation provides mobile Americans with a sense of stability, study says Alexander Walter 2011-09-23T14:11:38-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2f56763753e10e155ca9fcfa9b8ee4a6.jpg" width="296" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Perhaps you have noticed that commercial architecture lining roads in Maryland and Virginia looks more or less the same and not much different from strip malls and boxy stores lining roads in Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, Ohio or Oregon. [...] Why do housing developments and retail shopping facilities look so much alike, given how much Americans value individuality, freedom of expression and independence?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/13948131/an-illusion-of-familiarity An Illusion of Familiarity Archinect 2011-07-19T18:06:42-04:00 >2011-07-21T10:51:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96957dfff4394b114806dd048cb7be4a.jpg" width="425" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Based upon the woman's story and Moulin's research, Mabon and Hayes constructed a film-style set for the chronic d&eacute;j&agrave; vu sufferer, complete with marks on the floors, visual instructions and specially-designed objects. They also created a very detailed schedule to give a feeling of continuity and help the woman go through the day with as few surprises (hence risks of d&eacute;j&agrave; vu) as possible.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>