• Why a Dose of Nature Is Essential to Your Mental Health

    When was the last time you went out and soaked up some nature? Even in pre-pandemic times, most American adults spent 93% of their time indoors. Now, with social distancing requirements in place, the time we spend at home and inside has only increased. But during this stressful time, our connection to nature is more […]

  • 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 […]

  • Marilyn Ness and “Charm City”: The Power of Film for Change

    For the fifth year running, Baltimore is set to exceed 300 homicides in 2019.  With the New York Times calling this violence a “tragedy”, it is easy to fall into despair about whether change is possible at all. Marilyn Ness’ documentary “Charm City” takes a different tack on the problems the city faces.  In the […]

  • How Time in Nature Boosts Learning in the Classroom

    Even a little nature could go a long way to help students.

    As summer fades, you can almost hear the collective sigh of children marching back into the confines of the classroom. Hopefully, their summer vacations included healthy doses of nature. Time outdoors has noted benefits to our mental health. But kids would do well to continue communing with nature when they start hitting the books as […]

  • How the Great Outdoors Improves Mental Health

    Mother nature knows best.

    Our society’s rapid pace of life and addiction to digital technology have created a stress epidemic in the 21st century. But there may be another major contributing factor: chronic nature deprivation. Our connection to nature has become very tenuous. More than half the world’s population currently lives in cities, a number that is predicted to […]

  • 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: An Eco-centric Approach to Architecture

    Ilaria Mazzoleni is an architect, biomimicist, founder of IM Studio Milano/Los Angeles and faculty member at CalArts who lives and works between Italy and California. Prior to joining CalArts, Ilaria was a Design and Applied Studies faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles for more than 12 years. In […]