ERIC Number: ED033544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May
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Psycho-Social Considerations of Environmental Design.
Identifying psychological and sociological design considerations is a difficult matter. So much is hidden behind our normal, but biased, level of perception. The importance of psycho-social considerations can be drawn from an examination of the quantity and types of buildings produced today for human occupancy--office buildings, libraries, laboratories, housing, and hospitals. The inhabitants are at the mercy of designers, and to a large extent, interior designers. It is becoming increasingly difficult, except for the very affluent, to find the kind of environment which can be adapted to personal needs and preferences. This places a special responsibility on the designer. He must understand the needs of consumers, which requires an interdisciplinary view of design. Serious consideration must be paid to human visual perception, such as those problems arising from the ambiguity of certain mirror placements, glass doors, and poorly located door knobs, as well as the need for privacy, human spatial needs, how people choose to arrange themselves in rooms, waiting areas, and landscape. Judging from the scope of psychological and sociological design considerations, the interior designer, in the near future, will be called upon to consider these and many other psycho-social aspects of interior design. (KK)
Descriptors: Design Requirements, Environmental Influences, Environmental Standards, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interior Design, Interior Space, Social Influences
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Authoring Institution: National Society of Interior Designers, New York, NY.
Note: Paper delivered at Fifth NSID National Conference (Palm Springs, California, May 3rd, 1968)