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Designing for

health and happiness

The physical environment works like a stage-set. It tells people a lot about where we they and what the place means. This knowledge is processed automatically - and to a huge degree, determines the behaviour that will take place in these spaces. It can even determine whether a project will be successful or not. Generally speaking, the healthier people are, the more choice they will have about how they can use the environment. Restrictive environments force users to become defiant.


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