Taking cognitive science into account in architecture
Steelcase's last newsletter has a very relevant piece about taking cognitive psychology/neuropsychological information into account to improve architectural design:
Do specific colors support patient recovery in hospitals? Can certain acoustic conditions support learning in classrooms? Do windows support productivity in offices? The intuitive answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes. The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA), a unique research venture between architects and neuroscientists, wants proof. (...) ANFA is devoted to building intellectual bridges between neuroscientists and architects that will lead to studies about how and why the human brain perceives and responds to architectural cues. What neuroscientists learn from these studies can one day be applied to make evidence-based design possible to a new level of precision. By understanding how an architectural setting impacts the cognitive ability of children, for example, architects could design enriched learning environments. By understanding how some people are able to find their way more easily than others, architects could create more easily used navigation systems in complex buildings
Why do I blog this? cross-disciplinary studies involving neuroscience and architecture is a very relevant idea, it could also be applied to lots of other domain (like software design...). I like this concept of taking into other fields what could be needed to designing something. It's definitely another step towards the use of cognitive results into design sciences.
Connected pasta this seems to be a trend lately, as I mentioned here or here (an example of how a neuropsychological result could impact software design). Besides, ANFA's publications can be found here.