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The great indoors : the surprising science of how buildings shape our behavior, health and happiness / Emily Anthes.

Anthes, Emily, (author.).


Modern humans are an indoor species. We spend 90 percent of our time inside, shuttling between homes and offices, schools and stores, restaurants and gyms. And yet, in many ways, the indoor world remains unexplored territory. For all the time we spend inside buildings, we rarely stop to consider: How do these spaces affect our mental and physical well-being? Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? Our productivity, performance, and relationships? In this wide-ranging, character-driven book, science journalist Emily Anthes takes us on an adventure into the buildings in which we spend our days, exploring the profound, and sometimes unexpected, ways that they shape our lives. Drawing on cutting-edge research, she probes the pain-killing power of a well-placed window and examines how the right office layout can expand our social networks. She investigates how room temperature regulates our cognitive performance, how the microbes hiding in our homes influence our immune systems, and how cafeteria design affects what - and how much - we eat. Along the way, Anthes takes readers into an operating room designed to minimize medical errors, a school designed to boost students' physical fitness, and a prison designed to support inmates' psychological needs. And she previews the homes of the future, from the high-tech houses that could monitor our health to the 3D-printed structures that might allow us to live on the Moon.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374166632
  • ISBN: 0374166633
  • Physical Description: 290 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- The indoor jungle -- A hospital room of one's own -- Stair masters -- The cure for the common cubicle -- Full spectrum -- Jailbreakers -- In these walls could talk, listen, and record -- Hope floats -- Blueprints for the red planet.
Subject: Architectural design > Psychological aspects.
Interior architecture > Psychological aspects.
Buildings > Psychological aspects.
Architecture > Human factors.
Genre: Nonfiction.

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