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Title: Happiness in place and space: Exploring the contribution of architecture and interior architecture to happiness
Authors: Petermans, Ann
Nuyts, Erik
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: The Design & Emotion Society
Citation: Desmet, P.M.A.; Fokkinga, S.F.; Ludden, G.D.S.; Cila, N.; Van Zuthem, H. (Ed.). Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Design and Emotion : Celebration & Contemplation, September 27-30, 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, The Design & Emotion Society,p. 114-122
Abstract: Do architecture and interior architecture contribute to the happiness of people? Do these design disciplines have a role to play in enhancing possibilities for people to work on their happiness? To answer these questions, the first section of this paper discusses different factors that contribute to happiness: genetics, life circumstantial factors and intentional activities. Next, these factors are refined specifically from the viewpoint of architecture and interior architecture, whereby it is demonstrated how these disciplines can be considered as a life circumstantial factor that contributes to happiness. In the second section, a selection of techniques for exploring happiness and gaining insight in different factors contributing to happiness are discussed. Here, the authors discuss the set-up and use of a ‘Happiness Circle’, an exploratory tool which they developed in order to gain insight in the specific contribution that architecture and interior architecture can have regarding happiness. The results of an exploratory study wherein 212 research participants were involved demonstrate that architecture and interior architecture have a role to play in determining people’s happiness, which opens various promising opportunities for future design projects.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/22676
ISBN: 9789461867254
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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