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Flourishing workplaces: a multisensory approach to design and POE

Clements-Croome, D., Pallaris, K. and Turner, B. (2019) Flourishing workplaces: a multisensory approach to design and POE. Intelligent Buildings International Journal. ISSN 1750-8975 (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

How can we design workplaces which occupants thrive in, which are functional but are also expressive? Drawing on research about the senses and office related studies this paper demonstrates how buildings can be designed to allow for positive multi-sensory experiences. In order to design a creative and productive workplace, it is essential to consider how the environment is making us feel, behave and act within it. As the workplace continues to evolve, the case is made for a sensory palette framework to drive a systems approach to building environmental design enabling the integration of the multi-modal sensory relationship of people’s reactions within various environmental settings. Technological advances, in the form of wearables that monitor our physiological and stress responses offer the opportunity to capture empirical data, further enabling the investigation to see how a diverse range of environmental settings affect our physical, mental and social wellbeing. The paper goes on to develop the established conceptual theories of ‘Flourish’ proposing a move beyond comfort when designing the interiors and the mechanics of facility controls towards a sensory impacts framework that considers a whole life costing approach using the Flourish Model sets the basis for a design and post-occupancy evaluation toolkit.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of the Built Environment > Construction Management and Engineering > Transition Pathways to a Low-Carbon Economy
ID Code:81552
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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