Inquiry by Design: Environment/Behavior/Neuroscience in Architecture, Interiors, Landscape, and Planning

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This update of a classic text folds the new field of neuroscience for design into well-established environment-behavior (E-B) methods and approaches.
Illustrated evidence-based building and open space case studies demonstrate E-B?s continuing design impact. Fundamental theory and practical research methods are presented for planning, programming, designing, and evaluating the effects of physical environments in use. Part I describes how designers and researchers employ a similar...

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Overview

This update of a classic text folds the new field of neuroscience for design into well-established environment-behavior (E-B) methods and approaches.
Illustrated evidence-based building and open space case studies demonstrate E-B’s continuing design impact. Fundamental theory and practical research methods are presented for planning, programming, designing, and evaluating the effects of physical environments in use. Part I describes how designers and researchers employ a similar creative process that promotes collaboration and yields greater design creativity and research effectiveness. Part II focuses on research methods to understand how buildings and spaces work: observing behavior and the physical environment, asking questions in interviews and surveys, and employing archival records that include data and physical plans.

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Editorial Reviews

The Fulcrum
“I have rarely read a more fascinating book. Zeisel manages to provide easy-to-understand explanations of novel applications and familiar concepts.”
Architects' Journal
“The best practical guide to researching and understanding buildings' functions.”
Dr Francis Duffy
“What John Zeisel does better than anyone else is to link social science research to design practice.”
Elizabeth Brawley
“This book’s emphasis on the emerging connection between neuroscience, physical environment, and health improvement provides environmental designers with new and important keys to creating better supportive environments for everyone, including people living with Alzheimer’s.”
Valerie Fletcher
“The design community is ripe for a revival of research, especially for ideas and practices that inform design’s contribution to human experience. Zeisel invites us into the tent to inspire us with the biggest idea of all: that neuroscience can help us create places that enhance the performance of our brains.”
Victor Regnier FAIA
“This extremely readable yet profound book provides every architect, building client, and policy maker with the practical steps needed to create buildings that ‘work’ and then to learn from both their successes and their mistakes to create even better buildings in the future. Illustrated case studies clearly demonstrate the constructive impact that Zeisel’s approach can have in design practice.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393731842
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/21/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 388,158
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Zeisel is president of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care in Lexington, Massachusetts, and lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Design : images, presentations, and tests 19
Ch. 2 Research : concepts, hypotheses, and tests 33
Ch. 3 Research and design cooperation 47
Ch. 4 Side effects of cooperation 75
Ch. 5 Research methodology : approaches, designs, and settings 91
Ch. 6 Research quality 119
Ch. 7 The brain's environment system 141
Ch. 8 Observing physical traces 159
Ch. 9 Observing environmental behavior 191
Ch. 10 Focused interviews 227
Ch. 11 Standardized questionnaires 257
Ch. 12 Asking questions : topics and format 287
Ch. 13 Archives 311
Ch. 14 Environment/behavior/neuroscience 355
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