Tag: architecture


The end of glass skyscrapers?

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May 2014

The end of glass skyscrapers?

An article on the BBC news magazine this week raised the question of whether the architectural profession is turning against designing buildings with vast amounts of glass. Certainly we’ve always found in our interiors work that there is great value in delivering daylight to all users of a building.  There are challenges in controlling it of course.  And the comments of Ken Shuttleworth raise some...

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Sunset Chapel – human architecture

10

Mar 2011

Sunset Chapel – human architecture

Whilst lots of the entries on this blog are serious, sometimes its nice to post things we just like.  The Sunset Chapel in Acapulco, Mexico is one of those. This memorial chapel looks to be an amazing place.  The bare concrete structure with its elevation, location and orientation creates an atmosphere and an incredible light. It seems to be a place that perfectly meets the...

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07

Feb 2011

What does “ergonomics” mean for designing work spaces & buildings?

At CCD, most of our work is the application of ergonomics/human factors to the design of the built environment; in particular to control centres. But the use of the term “ergonomics” often brings confusion and misunderstanding about what we actually do and the value that it brings to projects. This seems to be largely due to the strengthening association of the term ergonomics with office...

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17

Jan 2011

Impact of Poor Design on Patients

We came across this interesting article on the link between design in hospitals and the impact on the patients and their recovery. The British Medical Association is calling on healthcare organisations to prioritise design in all future building projects. A new report presents research showing that the architectural environment can significantly affect patients’ recovery times. In contrast, poorly designed hospitals and surgeries can cause anxiety,...

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Reflections on Norman Foster’s RIBA Annual Discourse

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Oct 2010

Reflections on Norman Foster’s RIBA Annual Discourse

During this stimulating and thought provoking talk, Lord Foster raised some very interesting points which, sat in the audience as a Human Factors professional, got me thinking…. A number of residental buildings were built in India (not by Foster) to re-house occupants of a slum. However, years later they still sat empty because dispite being more modern and providing sanitation, they did not provide the...

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Deralict buildings and the role of design in community identity

12

Oct 2010

Deralict buildings and the role of design in community identity

Hastings Pier has recently burnt down by arsonists. Its loss raises a question of cultural identity and building function. The pier has been out of use since 1996 and become increasingly derelict. Is Hastings still Hastings if it doesn’t have a pier? What about civic pride/sense of identity? Is a derelict building like graffiti – shows no-one cares, break down of society…attracts more crime. The...

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Can good architecture influence behaviour?

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Jul 2010

Can good architecture influence behaviour?

Can the good design of buildings actually influence behaviour? There seems to be a body of evidence from the education sector that it can certainly reduce negative behaviours. Providing an environment that is enriching, that is human, that people want to care for and has been considered to remove opportunities for unwanted behaviours seems to be key. This feature recently on the BBC highlighted some...

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