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Behavior and Space

Spring 2013

the Ithaa restaurant an aquarium-style restaurant

Behavior and Space



Architects and other designers/ planners have a responsibility for being knowledgeable about how their designs affect the people who use them. When people’s needs are adequately addressed, there can be many positive results. Health care recipients can experience less stress and recover more quickly. Student learning in schools and classrooms can be enhanced; office workers may have higher levels of performance and job satisfaction (and fewer work related illnesses), etc. Thus, it is critical for you to learn how to design humane, useful, and enriching places and spaces. This course examines the many ways in which humans respond to (and sometimes modify) both private and public space.

Sue Weidemann, Adjunct Professor