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Architecture - 17.09.2013
Workers dissatisfied with open plan offices
17 September 2013 Most people are dissatisfied with having to work in an open plan office, University of Sydney research has found. PhD candidate Jungsoo Kim and Professor Richard de Dear from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning found many feel open plan offices are disruptive to productivity.

Earth Sciences - Architecture - 14.08.2013
Team Investigates Earthquake Retrofits for ‘Soft’ First-floor Buildings on Jacobs School Shake Table
A team of researchers, led by Colorado State University engineering professor John van de Lindt, has spent the last month shaking a four-story building on the world's largest outdoor shake table at the University of California, San Diego, to learn how to make structures with first-floor garages better withstand seismic shocks.

Architecture - Economics / Business - 11.06.2013
Positive Peer Pressure More Effective Than Cash Incentives, Study Finds
Researchers show reputation concerns can encourage people to act for the public good Appealing to people's desire for a good reputation is more effective than cold, hard cash, researchers at Harvard, Yale, the Federal Trade Commission and the University of California, San Diego, found in a study published June 18 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.