• In a Time of Stress, Neuroaesthetic Spaces and Places Create a Path to Healing and Hope

    An indoor neuroaesthetic space

    As workers report back to the office, children again fill classrooms, and all of us sort through the pandemic-induced trauma and stress of the past two years, it’s helpful to remember what humans across cultures have long recognized: Art and beauty go a long way to improve our mental health. During the COVID era, years […]

  • Redesigning the Office to Support Brain Health

    With the pandemic stretching into a third year, employers are scrambling to reconfigure how and where work gets done, with more businesses returning to in-person following years of Zoom meetings and remote setups. Compared with the creature comforts and convenience of working from home, office life can appear less attractive to some. After all, at […]

  • Occupying Space is the Protest

    By IAM Lab Contributor Hannah L. Drake Editor’s Note: Hannah L. Drake is a writer, spoken word artist-activist and cultural strategist at Ideas xLab in Louisville, Kentucky. Her work focuses on the intersection of arts, culture and health with an emphasis on the impact of race and injustice in underserved communities. In 2017, the National […]

  • Building More Equitable Communities with Creative Placemaking

    For better or worse, the spaces we inhabit shape the contours of our lives. But for many racial minorities, these spaces literally embody the systemic inequity and racism they face. People of color have higher rates of chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease.  Individuals from underserved communities are also more likely […]

  • Feeling Frazzled Working from Home? These Design Tweaks Can Help Your Brain

    Remember when working from home was a big perk? In search of a more balanced life, the number of people working from home has been steadily rising for decades. Some people have even agreed to accept less pay in return for the added benefits of remote working, like a break from the grueling commute, a […]

  • Breathe In: The Neuroscience of Scent

    Woman smelling lavendar

    With record rainfall in the US this past month, April showers certainly brought May flowers along with a dazzling bouquet of scents. One of the greatest and most ancient gifts bestowed on humans is the ability to enjoy the perfume of blossoms and a wide variety of other olfactory delights. Until recently, we thought that […]

  • IAM Lab Showcases Neuroaesthetics in Action at Milan Design Week

    A Space for Being

    Our work is taking root and blossoming this spring as the International Arts + Mind Lab heads to Italy to participate in the most important design event of the year, Milan Design Week. On April 9,  we’ll open our exhibit A Space for Being at Salone del Mobile Milano. Developed in partnership with Google, Muuto […]

  • Mind the Gap: Improving Urban Mobility through Science and Design

    How do people move through cities? Is technology helping or hindering their movement? The answer may depend on whom you ask. IAM Lab Executive Director Susan Magsamen joined a dynamic panel for “Mind the Gap: Improving Urban Mobility through Science and Design,” hosted by Van Alen Institute and moderated by Jonathan Hilburg, assistant editor at […]

  • Q & A with Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers

    “…the campus is modeled after the neighborhood beyond its gates. Rust-toned classrooms clad in Corten steel resemble brick row houses and are organized like city blocks with stoops, circulation paths, and open space interspersed between them…The city views the school not just as a place for the children it teaches, but as an amenity for […]