Workspaces For Well-Being
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Works cited: pages 114-116
This thesis focuses on the development of a new typology of workspace whose design is driven by human well-being. The design aims to transform the typical high-rise office building typology in downtown Los Angeles and create a space that is flexible enough to house different commercial fields and still maintain focus on human well-being. The average person spends about 93% of their time indoors, and the average employee spends about 62% of their time inside the workspace. Workspace design has commonly focused on the increase of productivity and efficiency of space as driving forces. People working in workspaces spend the majority of their time within that environment, but, nonetheless, it’s a space that is designed without much interest in the well-being of people. As architects we must assume ethical responsibilities beyond designing for aesthetic purposes and, in turn, design for people. Workspace design must focus on human well-being as a driving force because it will inevitably improve the quality of life of people within. If the workspace is designed with wellbeing as the pinnacle of goals, then it can have cascading beneficial effects on physiological and psychological well-being."
Keywords: workspaces, well-being, interstitial, Los Angeles, quality of life
CHAIR: Varland, Julie Rogers
PDF : 116 pages, illustrations (chiefly color), maps, plans
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