2016 international Design Exchange Project, the 7th Hidden Space Project, Spatial happiness

Newman, Kaye and Park, Young Tae (2016) 2016 international Design Exchange Project, the 7th Hidden Space Project, Spatial happiness. Hidden Space: International Design Exchange, 7 . Total Design, Seoul, Republic of Korea. ISBN 9788955923636

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We would like to introduce the Happiness studio, [SHED, Spatial Happiness and Environmental Design] where we will start to establish a base for research and active projects that seek to understand spatial happiness.

At the moment there are no scholarly definitions of Spatial Happiness and we are on the threshold of a new spatial philosophy that we can genuinely contribute to and be a part of this burgeoning thinking. Our inaugural project focuses on Workspace, a place that has been under rigorous rethinking throughout the 21st century. New technology and more flexible working practices have reshaped our office environment; however has the well-being of the staff been considered thoroughly enough? and has this best practice been disseminated to all businesses in the UK?

What measures should we work towards as on the one hand the workplace is where we spend the majority of our daylight hours, where we share our creativity and future thinking. Would businesses both attract the best thinkers if their well-being and environment was considered more highly and would they start to outperform their expectations because of the improved conditions?

The idea of 24 hour workspaces is well established but have employers taken our circadian rhythms into account? The statistics show eventual poorer health of those that work through the hours of darkness. Mobile technology now enables us to select different environments to work in, but do these environments establish good posture and adversely if you did remain at the workstation, how you encourage movement and posture realignment, does this mean that we can do away with the office chair, should we test other seating solutions where you encounter discomfort encouraging timely movement? Should employees been given a nutritional programme to ensure better energy levels throughout the day, aiding constant concentration and therefore facilitating a more productive output perhaps more importantly the workforce would concede less errors. Better food would engender better moods and overall satisfaction and very possibly have a zero on costs.

We are not in favour of over regulation and box ticking and individual requirements are specific and choice is integral to the field of well being but some of these measures should be adopted as the norm, why would you accept anything less than healthy practice?

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: international design exchange; Hidden Space project; spatial happiness; making; student exchange; architecture courses; architectural education; spatial architecture
Subjects: 600 Technology > 690 Buildings
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 710 Civic & landscape art
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 720 Architecture
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 730 Plastic arts; sculpture
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Kaye Newman
Date Deposited: 05 May 2020 09:45
Last Modified: 05 May 2020 09:51
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5754

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