Wednesday 22 April, 5.30pm for 6.00pm start - 8.00pm
Location: The Art Workers' Guild, Ground Floor, 6 Queen Square,
What should designers know and how far should they go?
Should designers influence occupant behaviour when designing a
building? Or should the way people occupy a space dictate how
it is designed? And to what extent do these decisions impact
on the health and well-being of the people who use our buildings?
Max Fordham presents ‘Social Engineering’ at this year’s Green
Sky Thinking. It’s an expression heavy with the weight of manipulation.
But viewed another way it could be the highest aspiration for the
Healthy, happy and productive environments - that’s the designer’s
goal. But how can knowing more about humans themselves make for
Chaired by Bill Gething, the panel includes
- Henry Pelly (Max Fordham)
- Professor Elizabeth Shove
- Dr Dan Lockton (Helen Hamlyn Centre for
- Dr Simon Blyth (Actant)
Together they’ll discuss
how designers can better integrate insights from sociology and
psychology into architecture and engineering.
The aim is to challenge preconceptions, give you food for thought,
and provide knowledge that you can employ in your design processes
immediately. What have social practices got to do with building
energy use (quite a lot, as it turns out)? How important are
we need to make occupants ‘engage’?
Join us at Green Sky Thinking in April to be a part of the conversation.