Sorry I am not writing this from any scientific perspective. I have just returned to New Zealand after a trip to London. Now I grew up in London so it felt a bit like a home away from home situation, everything felt familiar but everything felt different etc.
One of the elements I noticed, not surprisingly was the buildings, especially in the centre and city of London. Again not something I had not seen before although it just felt different this time. It was not only the size but the contrast between old and new and how much is fitted in. It felt a little claustrophobic to begin with having got used to the space in NZ. I was a little shocked.
One day I visited a friend who worked for a large insurance company in the city of London. Now not to sound to stereotypical but it was pretty grey. It was raining, the buildings were grey and so were the suits. I turned up wearing a blue Kathmandu jacket and looked very much out of place. It got me wondering how much people are truly affected by the space they work and live in.
For several years I worked for an organisation that looked at the barriers created by the physical environment to people with impairments e.g. how stairs are a real pain for those that have mobility impairments. Walking around London really made me think how people cope with the volume of people and the buildings they work in. How much does this impact on people’s wellbeing. You could go a whole day without really seeing anything green, and no sheep or cows on the road side!
So how does your building affect you? What happens if you work from home?