Author Archives: Genetics of Design

The Public Realm: What Cars Took Away + Never Gave Back

Where would you rather be? The main street above or the one below? We’d guess you’ll pick the one most at top, even though these images show the very same street — photographed about 100 years apart! It’s Commonwealth Avenue … Continue reading

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Why Buildings Need ‘Eyes’

As a social species, we are built to see eyes, so we look for them all the time — everywhere — without conscious awareness or control. When we find them, they grab our attention, anchoring us in space, securing us … Continue reading

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We’re Waiting for You!

Stay tuned for more on face-i-tecture, and how faces+’eyes’-make-places, this fall! Ann + Janice

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Five Big Ideas for Designing Today’s Cities

Genetics of Design collaborated with Tufts University on the five big ideas presented here in this week’s TuftsNow and at the Ux+Design conference in April. Too fun! Collaboration’s key. More info here: https://now.tufts.edu/articles/five-big-ideas-designing-today-s-cities

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“Your Brain on Glassy Skyscrapers” continued…

Last month Hacker News made our recent post on Boston’s new glassy Seaport district and its disappointing design their top story. That sent over 5,000 readers to GeneticsofDesign.com from over 100 countries in under two hours! Given the broad international interest, we decided … Continue reading

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Summer Meet-Up: More on Buildings, Biology + Biometrics, August 19, 6:30 PM, in Boston

Come learn about how buildings impact our biology. We will continue the conversation from the Ux+Design/2019 conference and our June follow-up meeting (photo below), embracing common goals to: Improve the way buildings are designed Incorporate foundations in science (psychology and human … Continue reading

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Your Brain on Streets: The Secret Revealed, How Car-centric Development Keeps You Off Your Feet!

Quick, which suburban street catches your eye? Where do you think you’ll likely find people walking on a street? The subdivision at left, or the one at right, with houses close-in? If you said, the street with denser residences – at … Continue reading

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