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Behind Closed Doors: How are buildings influencing our behaviour and wellbeing!?

Would you like to know how the buildings that we spend 90% of our lives in are impacting on our behaviour and wellbeing! Please take the time to fill out our survey and contribute to the research.

I'm an undergraduate passionate about how spaces dictate user wellbeing, and believe with research we can provide results that can inform architects and alike to make active design choices that could greater improve individuals and society experiences whilst deterring away from what could be bring us down!

We appreciate your time to take the survey, every respondent counts, and if you would like to make any additional comments on the topic please feel free.

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/850761/Behind-Closed-Doors-A-live-Work-and-Play-Survey

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  • Mar 19 2012: An important style to note would also be prison buildings, jails and lock ups. Are we really interested in rehabilitation or just placing offenders out of sight and out of mind?
    Although I know getting a person to change is more about deep psychological evaluation and treatment rather than "does my cell have a skylight and breakfast nook?". But, i do think that placing a patient/prisoner in an enviornment that promotes violent behavior and intense anxiety is not productive.
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    Mar 17 2012: Why does your questionnaire insist on knowing personal details before allowing someone to see whether they can usefully contribute?
    • Mar 18 2012: Hi Anne, thank you for your comment. The questionnaire explains at the outset its intent to study how behaviour and wellbeing is influenced by the spaces that surround us with regard to where we live, work and play. There is no target sample, as everybody will provide useful data. The personal information is not specific enough to identify any individuals but is there for analysis comparisons. At the end of the survey you are asked if you agree to participate in the research as this gives you the option to disqualify your responses after experiencing the questions asked in the survey. I hope this clears things up but please let me know if you would like any further information.
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        Mar 19 2012: So why not start with the subject you ask people's views on? There are so many 'questionnaires' which start by asking personal data that people are, quite rightly, becoming suspicious of them, especially where there is no guarantee as regards data protection.

        BTW, there is a target sample - some responses result in a message saying you can't do the survey.
  • Mar 17 2012: This gentleman was at the TED conferance in 2006 as a Prize Winner. and may be worth the time to research. : Cameron Sinclair (b. 1973, London, England) is the co-founder and 'chief eternal optimist' (CEO) for Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organization which seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings professional design services to communities in need.

    I learned carpentry out of highschool. I have built many homes from the ground up and eventually did blueprint reading and estimating. When the economy took a dive in 2006 (United States) I went back to school for emergency medicine. I gained an EMT license and began working in the back of an ambulance. It was the hardest transition of my life. I went from total freedom, walking on 2x4 truss tops and girders in summer sun and cool breeze to a cave with flourescent lights and hard plastic surfaces rolling down the street. Total SHOCK! Im still trying to make sense of it all.
    • Mar 18 2012: Thanks John for your your recommendation! I watched his 'open source architecture' talk over breakfast this morning, was very insightful. Definitely something that I will look deeper into. I am interested to find out how architects and alike know how their designs impact on a person behaviour and wellbeing, is this taught in education or just an innate process? I believe that if science can research into how buildings affect their occupiers then the evidence can inform architects to design more effective spaces with regards to our behaviour and wellbeing, whilst deterring away from what might be having a negative impact on us. The Academy of Neuroscience and Architecture (Neuroarchitecture) seems to be actively investigating similar theories.