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The Great Indoors

The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness

Emily Anthes

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Scientific American
23 June 2020
An Architectural Record Notable Book A fascinating, thought-provoking journey into our built environment Modern humans are an indoor species. We spend 90 percent of our time inside, shuttling between homes and offices, schools and stores, restaurants and gyms. And yet, in many ways, the indoor world remains unexplored territory. For all the time we spend inside buildings, we rarely stop to consider: How do these spaces affect our mental and physical well-being? Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? Our productivity, performance, and relationships?

In this wide-ranging, character-driven book, science journalist Emily Anthes takes us on an adventure into the buildings in which we spend our days, exploring the profound, and sometimes unexpected, ways that they shape our lives. Drawing on cutting-edge research, she probes the pain-killing power of a well-placed window and examines how the right office layout can expand our social networks. She investigates how room temperature regulates our cognitive performance, how the microbes hiding in our homes influence our immune systems, and how cafeteria design affects what--and how much--we eat.

Along the way, Anthes takes readers into an operating room designed to minimize medical errors, a school designed to boost students' physical fitness, and a prison designed to support inmates' psychological needs. And she previews the homes of the future, from the high-tech houses that could monitor our health to the 3D-printed structures that might allow us to live on the Moon.

The Great Indoors provides a fresh perspective on our most familiar surroundings and a new understanding of the power of architecture and design. It's an argument for thoughtful interventions into the built environment and a story about how to build a better world--one room at a time.
By:   Emily Anthes
Imprint:   Scientific American
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   499g
ISBN:   9780374166632
ISBN 10:   0374166633
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   23 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Emily Anthes is an award-winning science journalist and author. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, Nature, Slate, Businessweek, Scientific American, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. Her previous book, Frankenstein's Cat, was long-listed for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

Reviews for The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness

[F]ascinating and well worth pondering. A sharp, eye-opening assessment of urgent architectural needs being fulfilled. --Kirkus Reviews The Great Indoors is that rare book that remains both honest and optimistic about the problems we face, from pandemic disease to social isolation, and--even better--is ambitious enough to identify real potential for change surrounding us in the architecture of our daily lives. Inspiring. --Geoff Manaugh, New York Times-bestselling author of A Burglar's Guide to the City A trip into the great indoors with Emily Anthes is a journey into fascination, dismay, and the occasional jolt of pure wonder. --Deborah Blum, author of The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the 20th Century


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