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Digging Deep: The Effect of Design on the Social Behavior and Attitudes of People Working in Underground Workplaces in Europe

  • Vinita Venugopal
  • Gunnar D. Jenssen
  • Adam C. Roberts
  • Kian-Woon Kwok
  • Zheng Tan
  • George I. Christopoulos
  • Chee-Kiong Soh
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 825)

Abstract

With the cities of the world grappling with the ever-increasing challenge of land scarcity, sustainable solutions such as Underground Workplaces (UW) have been getting renewed interest. However, considering the hefty investments that will go into building UW and since the success of this solution relies on the wellbeing of the people who are to occupy it, there is a need to examine existing UW from a human factor point of view. In this paper, we present an analysis of how design factors in UW affect the attitudes and social behavior of employees and how these perceptions and attitudes towards the workplace vary across different work types. According to our analysis organic elements, art, architecture and lighting affect social behavior and attitudes. These factors can be manipulated according to the type of work and environment in a way that is in line with company values. The paper also attempts to create a framework for how the significance of the work environment varies with the type of work and workplaces.

Keywords

Underground offices Work type Type of workplace Work environment Underground work environment Workplace design 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This material is based on research/work supported by the Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge under L2 NIC Award No. L2NICCFP1-2013-2. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the L2 NIC.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vinita Venugopal
    • 1
  • Gunnar D. Jenssen
    • 2
  • Adam C. Roberts
    • 1
  • Kian-Woon Kwok
    • 3
  • Zheng Tan
    • 4
  • George I. Christopoulos
    • 5
  • Chee-Kiong Soh
    • 1
  1. 1.Civil and Environmental EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.SINTEF Transport Safety and InformaticsTrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Humanities and Social SciencesNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  4. 4.The Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina
  5. 5.Nanyang Business SchoolNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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