University campus at night

Google architecture and what do you see? And what’s a building without people?

Think about where you spend most of your day – home, your office, or university. How does this space make you feel? What do you love (or hate) about it?

Our buildings can help or hinder our health and productivity. For example, we can be affected by daylight accessair qualityconnection to nature and acoustics. Most complaints about a space – about temperature, noise, odd smells or even how exposed we feel – relate to these factors.

“Human-centred design” and “healthy” buildings are the latest buzzwords in built environment. Human-centred design is not a new concept; it is why products like smartphones are intuitive, designed around a seamless user experience.

But if you google architectural images, the people (the users) are nearly always missing. A specialist photographer explained this quite frankly to me:

People are not what wins the awards.

Read full article by Samantha Hall on The Conversation.

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Dr Sam Hall

Dr Sam Hall

Sam is the founder of Spaces Alive. She's an advocate for re-imaging our cities and buildings to prepare for the future of work and study.