Case Study: Science-Informed Design
Urban Thinkscape
Creating opportunities for playful learning in public space
Urban Thinkscape is an initiative to integrate the benefits of playful learning into the urban fabric. The project aims to transform learning outcomes for children (preschool through elementary-age) by changing existing public spaces into environments for playful learning and interaction.

Hume carried out research translation and design from concept to completion.

In collaboration with prominent psychologists Prof. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Prof. Roberta Golinkoff, the pilot for Urban Thinkscape includes impact assessment which has been analysed and published.

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Location Philadelphia, US
Project Status Completed
Clients Temple University, funded by William Penn Foundation
Research Partners Temple University
Impact
Case Study: Report
Supporting Children’s Museums as People-Centred Environments
Informing the design of children's museums for better outcomes
Children’s museums welcome more than 41 million visitors each year and recent research indicates that parents and caregivers perceive these spaces as supportive of their children’s development. Children’s museums constantly innovate in order to support their young visitors’ greatest needs, and this collaboration with Hume is aimed at bringing a new approach to how these environments and exhibits are designed.
Project Status Completed
Client Association of Children's Museums, project funded by Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
Research Partners Association of Children's Museums
Case Study: Project Strategy
Senspace
Space for wellbeing and restoration
Through sensory experience and architectural space, Senspace facilitates individual and social well-being. This new type of experiential space arrives from the need for physical and mental space in our work-centric, urban lives to optimally relax, reflect, and revive. Senspace generates personal balance and heightened connection with others by utilizing intentional, passive interventions that ultimately help us feel and do better.
Location New York City, USA
Project Status Completed
Client Senspace
Case Study: Insights, Concept, and Conscious Design
Portland House
User experience in a landmark commercial property
We are working with Landsec and Gensler to bring a a science-informed approach to design at Portland House, a large refurbishment of a landmark tower in central London. Our insights related to supporting creativity, collaboration and community building are informing the design of the project's shared spaces. Together with the project team we will be creating environments that respond to the changing needs of tenants and visitors by introducing feedback loops that continually adapt spaces over time to improve the user experience.
Location London, UK
Project Status Ongoing
Client Landsec
Research Partners In-house research and collaboration with project's User Experience team
Case Study: Science-Informed Design
Urban Thinkscape
Creating opportunities for playful learning in public space
Urban Thinkscape is an initiative to integrate the benefits of playful learning into the urban fabric. The project aims to transform learning outcomes for children (preschool through elementary-age) by changing existing public spaces into environments for playful learning and interaction.

Hume carried out research translation and design from concept to completion.

In collaboration with prominent psychologists Prof. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Prof. Roberta Golinkoff, the pilot for Urban Thinkscape includes impact assessment which has been analysed and published.

See project page
Location Philadelphia, US
Project Status Completed
Clients Temple University, funded by William Penn Foundation
Research Partners Temple University
Impact
Case Study: Report
Supporting Children’s Museums as People-Centred Environments
Informing the design of children's museums for better outcomes
Children’s museums welcome more than 41 million visitors each year and recent research indicates that parents and caregivers perceive these spaces as supportive of their children’s development. Children’s museums constantly innovate in order to support their young visitors’ greatest needs, and this collaboration with Hume is aimed at bringing a new approach to how these environments and exhibits are designed.
Project Status Completed
Client Association of Children's Museums, project funded by Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
Research Partners Association of Children's Museums
Case Study: Project Strategy
Senspace
Space for wellbeing and restoration
Through sensory experience and architectural space, Senspace facilitates individual and social well-being. This new type of experiential space arrives from the need for physical and mental space in our work-centric, urban lives to optimally relax, reflect, and revive. Senspace generates personal balance and heightened connection with others by utilizing intentional, passive interventions that ultimately help us feel and do better.
Location New York City, USA
Project Status Completed
Client Senspace
Case Study: Insights, Concept, and Conscious Design
Portland House
User experience in a landmark commercial property
We are working with Landsec and Gensler to bring a a science-informed approach to design at Portland House, a large refurbishment of a landmark tower in central London. Our insights related to supporting creativity, collaboration and community building are informing the design of the project's shared spaces. Together with the project team we will be creating environments that respond to the changing needs of tenants and visitors by introducing feedback loops that continually adapt spaces over time to improve the user experience.
Location London, UK
Project Status Ongoing
Client Landsec
Research Partners In-house research and collaboration with project's User Experience team