Have you ever wondered why we adorn our doorframes with moldings? What does Wikipedia’s open-source technology have to teach us about the history and future of urban housing? What does your desk say about your personality?
From savannahs and skyscrapers to co-working spaces, The Shaping of Us shows that the built environment supports our well-being best when it echoes our natural habitats in some way. In attempting to restore this natural quality to human environments, we often look to other species for inspiration. The real secret to building for well-being, Bernheimer argues, is to reconnect humans with the power to shape our surroundings. When people are involved in forming and nurturing their environments, they feel a greater sense of agency, community, and pride, or “collective efficacy.” And when communities have high rates of collective efficacy, they tend to have less litter, vandalism, and violent crime.
Playful and accessible, The Shaping of Us is a delightful read for designers, professionals, and anyone wanting to understand how spaces make us tick and how to fix the broken bits of our world.
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Table of Contents
The Woonerf, the Stoplight, and the Roundabout 11
The Laweiplein paradox and the petrified wood principle
The Defeat of the Ninja-Proof Seat 36
The Hawthorne effect, personal space bubbles, and the open-plan office
Why We Dream about Houses and Cry about Wind Farms 72
NIMBYism, the high-rise, and the housing crisis
A Truman Show for Dementia Patients 109
Savannahs, snakes, and the mystery novel model
The Tale of Midwest and Yoredale 144
LEGO(s), frontier psychology, and acting basketball game'
The Ruin Porn Phenomenon 179
Detroit, fractal aesthetics, and The Timeless Way of Building
The Big Fix 218
From lab rats and rational choice to resilient cities
The Shape of Things to Come 253
Half a house, WikiHouse, and the IKEA effect