The Secret Life of Buildings

On last night’s The Secret Life of Buildings, Channel 4, architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff explored the impact the design of buildings can have on us – on our identity and self-esteem, and on relationships, our chances at school, and even our weight and immune system.

“Armed with this new knowledge, Dyckhoff meets and challenges pre-eminent architects including Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid to re-evaluate their creations. He brings them face-to-face with the people who use their buildings every day. He even tries working in their buildings himself while taking part in an experiment to measure the impact on his brain.” – Channel 4

Very interesting to see that some of London’s most iconic office buildings from the outside were in fact rather uncosidered from within, a lovely example of architectural ingenuity from Holland built in the 70s, and a re-structured school in south London that saw massive improvements in both behaviour and exam results after understanding the psychology of a work space to make the students’ environment both stimulating and pleasant to be in.

I would definately recommend this, find it on 4oD here.

MF, studio, dbda


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