The Role of Design in Healthy Buildings – An Actornetwork Perspective

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This paper is motivated by observations of indoor environmental concerns such as dampness and mold, perceived by residents of rental and private homes in Denmark. Based on actor-network theory (ANT), we have followed the network of interactions between the home and its associated actors in the field of indoor environment. The ANT analysis shows a wide gap between the theory and practice of indoor environment. The phenomenon of mold growth can be inaccessible to laymen and makes it difficult for habitants to actively maintain a good and healthy living environment. Furthermore, the focuses on energy-efficiency and new technologies in construction reinforce the power of the specialist, to a degree where the user is excluded from the indoor environment network. Because the arrangement and practices of a household is critical for a healthy home, we suggest that the user practices are taken into account in the process of designing, redesigning or adapting the indoor environment. To redirect the network of indoor environment towards convergence, we consider design as an opportunity to enhance the user as an actant.
TitelProceedings of Healthy Buildings 2015 Europe
RedaktørerMarcel Loomans, Marije te Kulve
Antal sider8
ForlagInternational Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Publikationsdatojun. 2015
ArtikelnummerPaper ID568
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-90-386-3889-8
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2015
BegivenhedHealthy Buildings Europe 2015: Europe 2015 - TU/e, Eindhoven, Holland
Varighed: 18 maj 201520 maj 2015


KonferenceHealthy Buildings Europe 2015
SponsorAlfred P. Sloan Foundation, Ecophon Saint-Gobain, et al., Interface, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, Velux, Velux


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