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Buildings 2016, 6(1), 9;

The SALIENT Checklist: Gathering up the Ways in Which Built Environments Affect What We Do and How We Feel

London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Derek Clements-Croome
Received: 29 June 2015 / Revised: 31 August 2015 / Accepted: 4 February 2016 / Published: 1 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Impacts of the Building Environment on Health and Well-Being)
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In recent years, behavioural science has emerged as an additional tool to explore the impact of built environments on behaviour and wellbeing. Recognising the potential for further research in this field, we have sought to better understand how built environments affect what we do, as well as how they make us feel. We began this process through a review of the behavioural science literature, and have brought together evidence to develop a checklist for design with wellbeing in mind. In this paper, we present Sound, Air, Light, Image, Ergonomics and Tint as the mnemonic SALIENT, which forms a checklist. We outline an example where elements of the checklist have been applied in a real-world setting to examine subjective wellbeing (SWB). We present this example to illustrate how the SALIENT checklist could potentially be applied more extensively to measure the impact of built environments on wellbeing. View Full-Text
Keywords: environment; design; wellbeing; SALIENT environment; design; wellbeing; SALIENT
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Dolan, P.; Foy, C.; Smith, S. The SALIENT Checklist: Gathering up the Ways in Which Built Environments Affect What We Do and How We Feel. Buildings 2016, 6, 9.

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