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Socioeconomic status and parkland: what’s the connection?

Socioeconomic status and parkland: what’s the connection?

| August 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Is the street you live on full of lush, green foliage? Or is it barren? Researchers from the University of Connecticut think the answer might say something about your socioeconomic status. Plenty of research has focused on the extent to which residents in urban areas have walkable access to green spaces such as parks. This […]

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Streetlights strongly affect pedestrians’ feelings of safety

Streetlights strongly affect pedestrians’ feelings of safety

| July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

When you’re driving down a dark road, late on a moonless night, you’d be lost — literally and figuratively — without your headlights. But what about when you’re walking down a dark road late at night? Road lighting (such as streetlights) that illuminates pedestrian walkways accomplishes more than simply making it easier for a pedestrian […]

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On wayfinding tools for older adults

On wayfinding tools for older adults

| July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

By the year 2030, nearly one in five Americans will be 65 years of age or older. That’s a dramatic increase from 2000, when the figure was more like one in eight. Researchers and the media have addressed many implications associated with the aging population, but one side effect is just beginning to attract attention: […]

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New York City to require all-gender bathrooms

New York City to require all-gender bathrooms

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

A proposed bill in New York City would require businesses with single-occupancy bathrooms to replace existing, gender-focused signs with signs that designate all-gender bathrooms. Why does this matter? For everyone’s sake, the new legislation would mean that you no longer have to wait in an endless line for the bathroom intended for your identified gender when […]

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Appealing graphics and icons simplify tough tasks

Appealing graphics and icons simplify tough tasks

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

We’ve all heard that picture is worth a thousand words. As it turns out, an image may also be worth a few milliseconds of valuable time. A study published in The Psychonomic Bulletin & Review found that eye-catching, appealing graphics on a mobile app or website promoted users’ ability to perform difficult tasks more quickly and […]

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Toronto’s new pedestrian wayfinding signage

Toronto’s new pedestrian wayfinding signage

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Toronto is poised to make it a whole lot easier for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate the city’s downtown core. The city is piloting the Toronto 360 Wayfinding Strategy, which features maps, signs, and electronic components aimed at helping non-motorists get around town. Be honest: Have you ever been wandering around on foot and pulled […]

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Is corporate America closing the door on open offices?

Is corporate America closing the door on open offices?

| June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

It used to be the case that office layouts fell into one of two categories: Cubicle-land, à la Office Space, or Secretaries and underlings in the middle, bigwigs behind closed doors around the perimeter, à la Mad Men Then, in the mid-2000s, open offices became all the rage. Companies tore down walls and burned up cubicles […]

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