January 16, 2015 at 12:32AM
"Some common features of contemplative design..." #readingToday  
In an email, Bermudez speculated about some common features of contemplative design: buildings that frame nature in some way; that exhibit simplicity without being simplistic; and that offer a sense of separation from the rest of their context, among other qualities. Some "remarkable cities," he wrote, "naturally invite contemplative states." As examples, he cited Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Bodh Gaya in India, as well as parts of Paris, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.

This scientist wants to enable designers and planners to maximize the serenity of urban green space.