Archinect - News 2015-03-31T08:51:10-04:00 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Building for a better Sex Life Nam Henderson 2013-07-01T01:13:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T19:44:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="642" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s odd how little architects have had to say on the subject of sex. If they&rsquo;re routinely designing the buildings in which sex happens, then you might expect them to spend more time thinking about it. Buildings frame and house our sexual lives</p></em><br /><br /><p> Richard J Williams (Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at the University of Edinburgh) is the author of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sex and Buildings: Modern Architecture and the Sexual Revolution (2013)</a>. In a recent piece he explores the&nbsp;relationship between sex, communal living and architecture. Mr. Williams,&nbsp;believes that architecture can improve our sex lives.</p> Design Crime: An Office Shaped Like Lady Parts Archinect 2011-09-28T12:05:23-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The showpiece is a staircase smack dab in the middle of the first-floor work room that leads to a second floor with a gaping white void painted red inside. Taranta says it's &ldquo;reminiscent of a large droplet of water ready to fall from the ceiling.&rdquo; Uh, yeah. If a &ldquo;large droplet of water&rdquo; looks exactly like a vagina.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>