Building Design Elements, Interior Or Exterior, Cause Stress Of Effect Human Health?

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Can a building’s design elements, interior or exterior, cause stress of effect human health? According to When Buildings Don’t Work… by G.W. Evan and J. Mitchell McCoy this is to be true. Humans base their everyday activities on the elements in the spaces which they encounter. In fact, “these spaces are perceptions that occur only in the presence of perceivable things” (Arnheim, 1977). Expanding off Arnheim, Evan & McCoy (1998) results indicate that “within spaces stimulation, coherence, affordance, control, and restoration are a preliminary set of environmental dimensions inter-related to stress”. These five elements are subjective in relation to different building designs. Wescoe Hall (Figure 1), located on Jayhawk Blvd in Lawrence Kansas, represents these elements in the spaces.
According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary stimulation is an act to stimulate which is to excite to activity or growth or to greater activity. Wescoe Hall is a perfect example in referring stimulation in the use of building designs in reference to both the interior and the exterior spaces of Wescoe Hall. “Exposure to visual and acoustic stimulation is strongly influenced by layout, circulation systems, and the individual 's location in space” indicates Evans & McCoy’s (1998) belief on stimulations causing stress. Students at the University of Kansas primarily use the outer courtyard, also known as Wescoe Beach, as a place to table, study, or hangout and relax. During school hours Wescoe Beach is…

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