Summary

What makes everyday spaces work, how do they shape us, and what do they say about us? The spaces we live in - whether public areas, housing, offices, hospitals or cities - mediate community, creativity and our very identity, making us who we are.
Using insights from environmental psychology, design, and architecture, The Shaping of Us reveals the often imperceptible ways in which our surroundings influence our behaviour. Wide-ranging and global examples cover the differences between personalities and nationalities, explore grassroots and mainstream efforts to build environments promoting well-being, and look ahead to what will become of us if we don't listen closely to what we know is good for us.
You will learn whether you are a natural 'prospector' or 'refuge' in the office environment, what roundabouts and stoplights say about British and American culture, whether you are guilty of Nimbyism or being drawn to 'ruin porn', and how the half-house may be a common sight in the near future. The environments we inhabit define our identities - from the earliest moments of our evolution to the worlds we build around ourselves.
©2017 Lily Bernheimer (P)2017 Audible, Ltd.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Elaine on 15-06-18

Open Plan = Bad Plan

What a great book. Who knew that environmental psychology was a thing? I love a book that gives your feelings words. That which you thought was true is true. Such as open plan offices are bad ideas and so is hot desking. Guess what we need a window and a tree to feel well and recover in hospital.
Sadly those who make money from shoving up horrible boxy and low quality housing won't read it.

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