Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours in buildings: schools, universities, offices, research labs, libraries, hospitals, shopping malls etc. Most of them were designed to be aesthetically appealing and to accommodate functions according to the building brief. Most of them were not visited again by the architects once they were occupied. Most publications of buildings show glossy images in beautiful weather (or at night), devoid of any trace of usage.
At the same time, complaints about buildings are widespread: our open-plan offices don’t allow for privacy; our hospitals spread diseases; our libraries are old-fashioned and defunct; our shops are designed to confuse the public and lure them into consumerism; our schools limit the multiple ways in which children want to learn.
Join us in the change of perspectives and watch Spacelab’s Director of Research and Innovation, Dr Kerstin Sailer explain in this TEDx talk why it matters to design buildings for people and how designers can place the users of a building at the centre of the design process.