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Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2172; doi:10.3390/su9122172

Structuring the Environmental Experience Design Research Framework through Selected Aged Care Facility Data Analyses in Victoria

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ZEMCH Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
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Thrive Research Hub, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
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Received: 4 September 2017 / Revised: 22 November 2017 / Accepted: 23 November 2017 / Published: 25 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation - ZEMCH 2016)
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Humans relate to the living environment physically and psychologically. Environmental psychology has a rich developed history while experience design emerged recently in the industrial design domain. Nonetheless, these approaches have barely been merged, understood or implemented in architectural design practices. This study explored the correlation between experience design and environmental psychology. Moreover, it conducted literature reviews on theories about emotion, user experience design, experience design and environmental psychology, followed by the analyses of spatial settings and environmental quality data of a selected aged care facility in Victoria, Australia, as a case study. Accordingly, this study led to proposing a research framework on environmental experience design (EXD). It can be defined as a deliberate attempt that affiliates experience design and environmental psychology with creation of the built environment that should accommodate user needs and demands. The EXD research framework proposed in this study was tailored for transforming related design functions into the solutions that contribute to improving the built environment for user health and wellbeing. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental experience design; user experience design; function analysis; environmental psychology; indoor environmental quality; aged care facilities; architectural design; EXD research framework matrix environmental experience design; user experience design; function analysis; environmental psychology; indoor environmental quality; aged care facilities; architectural design; EXD research framework matrix
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Ma, N.; Chau, H.-W.; Zhou, J.; Noguchi, M. Structuring the Environmental Experience Design Research Framework through Selected Aged Care Facility Data Analyses in Victoria. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2172.

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