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Gah, deadline stress.

On the upside, there is SCIENTIFIC PROOF that overly white environments--like the all-white minimalist houses design mags love and I hate--are bad for you. They make you 25% less efficient.

Downside: how many times will research need to hit us over the head with proof that sunlight, fresh air, and nature are good for us in multiple, subtle, complex, and really bloody strong ways, before providing them becomes the standard in ordinary architecture?

Date: 2010-06-23 02:40 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Not that I'm argueing against you but I'm not sure what you meant by 25% less efficient. Less efficient at what? As an employee? As a mom? 25% less cookies? (I really hope it's not cookies - otherwise my kitchen gets painted tomorrow!)

From my understanding it's been accepted that mono environments period are bad. There is a particular new call centre I helped setup computers in where they had many patterns of rugs across the long floor (many of which clashed) and each wall was a different colour (all though same hue).

Date: 2010-06-23 02:14 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
It's an entire-subject-survey text, so they don't say right there, but there is a footnote, which if I had the book (kept in the library's Reserves) I could then try to look up. I think it's the chapter about students, so it'd be 25% less learning, or some other desirable classroom activity.

Variety is necessary too (2 sources minimum for that) but white is apparently bad in any dominating quantity. I don't have time to actually check all the references right now...

Date: 2010-06-23 03:27 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
No worries... just curious.


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