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Join us for a Digital Meet the Author event on Zoom with Donald Rattner to explore how home design impacts creativity in all aspects of your life.

You’re faced with a creative problem at work, but can’t figure a way to solve it. You need to throw something together for dinner, but don’t know which ingredients to pull from the fridge. You’re staring at a blank page, but ideas refuse to come out. Surprisingly, the solutions to your creative dilemmas might lie where you least expect them—in the design of your own home.

In his new book My Creative Space, award-winning residential architect, author, and educator Donald M. Rattner explains how simple and accessible techniques for shaping your home can boost creativity and spark innovation. Drawing on the latest research in psychology and productivity, Rattner offers a first-of-its-kind, how-to guide for unlocking your home’s hidden power to promote insight and imagination regardless of size, type, style, or location.

Registration below is required. You will receive an email with Zoom meeting details on the day of the event.

Purchase a signed copy of My Creative Space here.

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About Donald M. Rattner, AIA
Rattner is the author of My Creative Space (Oct. 15, 2019, Skyhorse) and the principal of Donald M. Rattner, Architect. As a consultant he draws on scientific research to help individuals and organizations maximize occupant creativity in workplace, residential, wellness, hospitality and retail environments. Educator and author as well as practitioner, Rattner’s publications include “The Creativity Catalog,” “Parallel of the Classical Orders of Architecture,” entries in professional reference books, and numerous contributions to print and online channels. He has taught at the University of Illinois, New York Academy of Art, New York University, Parsons School of Design, and online. Workshop and lecture venues include NeoCon, Creative Mornings, Creative Problem Solving Institute, and many others. His work has been featured on CNN and in such publications as The New York Times, Town & Country, Robb Report, Builder, Traditional Building Magazine, Residential Architect, L-Magazine, Better Humans, Design Milk, and Work Design Magazine. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in art history from Columbia and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton.

About My Creative Space
48 Techniques to Boost Your Creativity at Home, According to Science
Creativity isn’t all in your head. Sometimes it’s in what’s around you—especially when you’re at home. For over twenty years, scientists have been discovering connections between our physical surroundings and the creative mind. Written by a noted architect, My Creative Space is the first book to turn this rich trove of psychological research into practical techniques for shaping a home that will boost your creativity.

Here’s a sampling of the techniques you’ll learn about:

  • Which colors lead to peak creative performance
  • How furniture affects idea flow
  • Pros and cons of messy versus neat environments
  • Optimal lighting and noise levels for achieving insights
  • How memorabilia can break creative logjams
  • Why ceiling height matters
  • Which scents improve creative problem solving
  • And more

Illustrating the book’s 48 techniques are over 200 high-quality photos of interiors from around the world, many the work of top-tier architects, designers, and creatives.

Whether you pursue creativity for pleasure or profit, whether you’re a writer, entrepreneur, work in a creative industry, or simply enjoy doing creative things, this book will help you do them better. No prior expertise in design psychology required!

*Winner, 2019 Gold Medal Award, Nonfiction Authors Association


September 15, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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