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    October 20, 2008



    very interesting info which a layman like me can understand and apply. i agree that there is a difference between a house and a home as my current house lacks a bit of "prospect" in that it is surrounded by buildings, and "refuge" is also weak because private space is harder to find. when i think back of my happiest times, they were mostly found in my previous house which are much better in both aspects.


    Condy, Thanks so much for the comment. From your description of your living arrangement, it sounds as though, like most of the rest of the world's population, you're living in a high-density urban region (and I'm guessing in Asia based on your IP address). It can be a tremendous challenge to find ways to design psychologically amenable living spaces in such settings, and I think this will be one of the great challenges for architects and planners in coming years. I suspect that we in the West have much to learn from Asia in this respect, and I'm hoping to get some beginner lessons on my upcoming visit to Singapore.

    Don't forget though that sometimes it's possible to make smaller changes in the interiors of our spaces that can have a big effect on psychological comfort. Some design variables scale nicely from the level of urban streetscape to that of the smallest room in your dwelling, or even to the contents of a tabletop.


    hi colin, yes i live in singapore, reportedly the most densely packed country in the world! ;) the urban planners here are always coming up with "concept plans" every few years to try to squeeze more people onto an already very crowded island. public housing blocks are reaching 50 stories, just giving an example. still they deserve some credit for long term urban planning, which is not common practice by governments in this part of the world.

    its great to hear that you are visiting singapore! if you are interested, you can visit the Singapore City Gallery (run by the government urban planning agency) it has quite a bit of interesting information on urban planning in singapore.

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    First of all thank you for the list. Like to try it on myself.

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    Hi...Your article really got me thinking man..... an intelligent piece ,I must say.

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    I really enjoyed your post about interior design. I will have to come back again to read some more of them.

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    This could add a little bit of "spice" to home design in a sense that these aspects should be followed without sacrificing the style that you want to integrate it with. About connecting with nature, what color can you suggest that could blend with nature and, at the same time, give any person the feeling that they're at home?

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    We are all affected by the colors on the walls around us, sometimes without even realizing it. It is important to consider the psychological effect of a color before painting a room.

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