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The Impact of Outdoor Views on Students’ Seat Preference in Learning Environments

School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4215, Australia
Department of Architecture, Kish International Campus, University of Tehran, Tehran 1417466191, Iran
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Buildings 2018, 8(8), 96;
Received: 10 June 2018 / Revised: 4 July 2018 / Accepted: 24 July 2018 / Published: 28 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human Factors in Green Building)
A Good learning environment should support students’ choices and attract them to stay. Focusing on outdoor views, this research explores two questions: How important outdoor views are in seat selection in learning environments? How do the view elements influence students’ seating behaviors in learning environments? A seat preference survey and view elements and occupancy rate measurements were conducted in a university library building in Gold Coast, Australia. This study not only echoes the previous research indicating that territory and privacy are important factors for choosing seats in a learning environment; more importantly, this study contributes to the literature with evidence that outdoor views might be an important factor for seat preference. Specifically, sky views and shading views were found positively related to occupancy rate. Based on this point, open views with appropriate shading were found as an optimal outdoor view composition. The singularity of greenery views would less likely be attractive to building occupants. View Full-Text
Keywords: outdoor views; learning environment; seat preference; sky; shading; greenery outdoor views; learning environment; seat preference; sky; shading; greenery
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Gou, Z.; Khoshbakht, M.; Mahdoudi, B. The Impact of Outdoor Views on Students’ Seat Preference in Learning Environments. Buildings 2018, 8, 96.

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