Author Archives: Genetics of Design

‘How Do We See our World?’: a fun Flash-card Game, Debuting at Discovery Museum in Acton, MA, October 5th, Shows You!

  How Do We See our World? What grabs our eye first, second + third? Come find out at the Discovery Museum in Acton, MA on Friday, October 5, 2018, from 4:30 – 7 PM. Admission’s free. It’s fun for … Continue reading

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Winning Photos Show How We Truly ‘See’ Buildings

How does architecture catch the eye? The 2018 Acton-Boxborough Photo Contest, an art-science project, run by Genetics of Design, with help from high school students and supported by a local Cultural Council (ABCC), came up with these intriguing answers. In 1stPlace, Woodlawn … Continue reading

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Biometrics + ‘Evidence-based’ Design: the Next Step for Architecture

We’re sharing a new post from iMotions, a bio-metric aggregating company based in Boston and Copenhagen, on the emerging field of neuroarchitecture, and how high tech tools can help us better understand human responses to the built-environment and improve design. … Continue reading

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A Trip to Tahoe: Walking the California/Nevada Divide

When I asked the concierge for directions to cafes and shops, he told me to walk three blocks to the traffic lights, then turn right to California or left to Nevada. “You’ll see the difference,” he said. Indeed. Little did … Continue reading

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The Powerful ‘Pavers of Paris’ – How They Get You Walking without Saying a Thing

What makes Paris so walkable? The 18th and 19th-century architecture, the shops, the cafes-on-every corner, the human-scaled development – yes, yes, yes.  All true. But there’s more, something not as celebrated and a key secret to Paris’ walkability and engaging … Continue reading

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Updates to Our 2018 Art+Science Photo Contest

Our new poster shows the kind of photograph that works well with our Art + Science Photo Project and the resulting heat map.  Please take some pictures. Join the fun. Find out what really draws us in with no conscious control. We’ll … Continue reading

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‘How Biometrics Can Help Designers Build Better Places for People’ from Common\Edge

Click on images above or the link here to read this recent post on Common\Edge.org, a non-profit site dedicated to improving the design of our built environment. Ann Sussman and Janice M. Ward from geneticsofdesign.com co-authored the piece with Tufts … Continue reading

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