Take 5 | June 2023

  1. Art + Science = Transformed Design and Architecture

A recent article in the Venetian Letter, an on-line forum covering topics related to human-focused, evidence-based architecture and design, featured an interview with Susan Magsamen.

Susan is the founder and executive director of the International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab), Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics, a pioneering initiative from the Pedersen Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She discusses the power of aesthetics to influence well-being and maintains the marriage of science and art will transform architecture and design.

  1. De-influence!

“De-Influencing: A New Brand of Influence”  sheds light on the growing movement away from influencers and toward more “appealing to what Gen Z values (sustainability, affordability, sincerity) and less on what Millennials aspire to have (designer clothes, luxury skincare, trendy health supplements, the latest tech).” The trend is believed to resonate better with consumers during an economic downturn.

  1. Sustainability expands its reach

“Health, Safety and Going Green: The New Paradigm of Sustainable Hospitality,” a recent Hotel Executive article explores the need for a broader definition of sustainability – one that includes both people and the environment. As multi-family developers seek to co-mingle design elements with the hospitality industry, they may want to elevate the importance of human health as part of the sustainability equation.