Views and Experiences (06-30-21)

Elzeyadi probed  preferences for workplace views and the wellbeing-related consequences of particular views.  He reports that “Results suggest that the current classification of views into two types: views of nature versus urban views is misleading and does not realistically represent the typical content of the views.  Instead, a scaled dimension and metric to evaluate views based on their composition and content of their attributes is more accurate. . . .  Positive attributes are sky cover, trees, shrubs, soft ground, plants, and pedestrians; while negative attributes are paved areas, street networks, parking lots, and cars. Of equal importance are mid-quality attributes related to human-designed objects such as hardscape, buildings, landscape objects, windows, and voids/windows in buildings [this set should be proportionally less in area than the natural elements within the same view]. . . .  The fact that preferred views and viewsheds were correlated with 60-70% fewer SBS [sick building syndrome] symptoms reported is not trivial when one considers productivity and health insurance costs.”

Ihab Elzeyadi. 2021.  “Performative Views in Architecture:  Preference, Composition, and Occupant’s Wellbeing.”  Proceedings of ARCC 2021,