Architecture, Design, and Building

Information for Smart Design Decisions

The environment in which we live has a profound influence on our psyche and our behavior. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 87% of their life indoors. Given these two facts, the importance of good design decision making in architecture cannot be overstated as it pertains to our health and well being.

As examples of how our environment shapes and influences our lives, research has shown that more natural light in schools results in better test scores, more natural light and air in workplaces results in higher productivity, and natural light and views in hospitals results in faster healing times.

To illustrate the impact our physical environment has on our thinking, I share the following quote from Jonas Salk, the creator of the polio vaccine, about his retreat to Italy where he stayed at a 13th-century Franciscan monastery known as the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi.

“The spirituality of the architecture there was so inspiring that I was able to do intuitive thinking far beyond any I had done in the past. Under the influence of that historic place I intuitively designed the research that I felt would result in a vaccine for polio. I returned to my laboratory in Pittsburgh to validate my concepts and found that they were correct.”
-Jonas Salk  (Jonas Salk on Wikipedia)

With this in mind, we begin providing architectural, design, and building information through the TDArchitect website. Our intent is to help people make good design decisions regarding the buildings where they live, work, and play and to create beautiful, efficient environments that promote and enhance healthier, happier, safer lives.

In so doing, we will explore various issues and offer expertise and information to help readers navigate through similar situations they may face in their own built environments. We hope to partner with our readers to provide beneficial insights and ideas to help you make informed, sound design and building decisions.

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by: Ted Dickerson

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