The impact of physical space on people’s wellbeing and performance is undisputable. The spaces we design and manage must optimise people’s performance. How might we ensure the fundamental requirements of physical spaces are met in any project? We must ensure there is a human-centred, performance-driven approach to the design and management of spaces, starting from the individual and working outwards. Spaces where human activity takes place must be rooted in ‘human performance’. Design specifications must be a starting point and then enhanced to make sure spaces provide the optimum environment for the specific needs of the user. The basic requirements of air flow, lighting and temperature in a library should be optimised differently from a food court or a co-working space.
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