For many years I have been an advocate of evidence-based design, an approach that incorporates research (usually from academic peer-reviewed journals) into the practice of environmental planning and design. After all, designing an environment is not done in a vacuum (except in school) or for oneself (that is fine art), and design done by committee is sometimes compromised or hijacked by the most aggressive members. The most beautiful design identifies and solves problems with a firm understanding of form, structure, and proportion, crafted with a knowledge of the abilities and limitations of the users of the product.
This blog will share articles, events, links, and research on design, particularly the design of places for people. Let's share what we know.