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Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture 1st Edition

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"This guide to person-centered place design shows architects, landscape architects, interior designers and other interested individuals how to develop spaces that enrich human experience using concepts derived from rigorous qualitative and quantitative research. Sally Augustin offers design practitioners accessible environmental psychological insights into how elements of the physical environment influence human attitudes and behaviors." (Medical Construction & Design, May/June 2009)

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Using psychology to develop spaces that enrich human experience

Place design matters. Everyone perceives the world around them in a slightly different way, but there are fundamental laws that describe how people experience their physical environments. Place science principles can be applied in homes, schools, stores, restaurants, workplaces, healthcare facilities, and the other spaces people inhabit. This guide to person-centered place design shows architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and other interested individuals how to develop spaces that enrich human experience using concepts derived from rigorous qualitative and quantitative research.

In Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture, applied environmental psychologist Sally Augustin offers design practitioners accessible environmental psychological insights into how elements of the physical environment influence human attitudes and behaviors. She introduces the general principles of place science and shows how factors such as colors, scents, textures, and the spatial composition of a room, as well as personality and cultural identity, impact the experience of a place. These principles are applied to multiple building types, including residences, workplaces, healthcare facilities, schools, and retail spaces.

Building a bridge between research and design practice, Place Advantage gives people designing and using spaces the evidence-based information and psychological insight to create environments that encourage people to work effectively, learn better, get healthy, and enjoy life.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470422122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470422120
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practicing environmental psychologist and an internationally recognized expert on person-centered design and environmental psychology. She has consulted with major multi-national organizations to integrate important psychological considerations into the design of places and objects. As the editor of Research Design Connections, she has written widely on science-based design for a broad audience of design professionals. Her Research Design Connections blog is read by thousands of individuals each month. Dr. Augustin also holds leadership positions in professional organizations such as the International Association of Applied Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Environmental Design Research Association. In addition to speaking on person-centered design at major professional conferences in Europe, Asia, and North America, she has been interviewed on National Public Radio and VoiceAmerica radio programs. Sally is a graduate of Wellesley College (BA), Northwestern University (MBA), and Claremont Graduate University (PhD).

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As a design consultant who integrates Architectural Psychology into my work, I am always on the lookout for new information. Sally Augustin gives us a distillation of the best of environmental psychology. And she writes clearly and fluidly - no dense jargon-laden prose or dry statistical-ese.

Augustin bridges the communication gap between social scientists and the design community. Although technically a text/reference book it is organized and written so well, that even a non-designer can learn from these pages. This is real science made accessible, not pop-psych.

The organizing concepts Augustin uses are places for: comforting, communicating, complying, challenging and continuing.

I was especially delighted by the chapter on Personality and Place - new information to help create spaces for people and their many personality needs/preference. This will add a new depth of knowledge to my work with clients.

I will be referring to this book again and again.
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Excellent book. Well researched and well written.
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Book was exactly as advertised.
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It is one of the dullest and underwhelming books on applied psychology I have ever encountered. I would not recommend it to anyone who has a serious interest in the subject
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