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The Shaping of Us: How Everyday Spaces Structure our Lives, Behaviour, and Well-Being

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The spaces we live in – whether public areas, housing, offices, hospitals, or cities – mediate community, creativity, and our very identity, making us who we are. Using insights from environmental psychology, design, and architecture, The Shaping of Us reveals the often imperceptible ways in which our surroundings influence our behaviour.

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 30th 2017 by Robinson
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Peter
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First a disclaimer: the author is the daughter of my best friend when I was growing up. I am the person who lived on the third floor and was either Jim or Bob which presently is a point of some disagreement between us. There is an unfortunate dearth of written records concerning our adventures around and about the badlands of New York City outside our building to resolve this issue although a recent foray into oral histories available to me (my brother) supports my version of events.

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Carol Tilley
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4 1/2 - an important, accessible book about space, design, behavior, community, and wholeness.
Charty
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring and timely book looking at how humans evolved in a natural world that shapes many of our behaviors even today, and how we build new structures and environments that we interact with, and then in turn, shaped by those same structures.

In general I’d say this is a fairly accessible read but there is plenty of references to show and support the narrative of the writer. The beginning chapters start out with people at people scale and subsequent chapters branch out into larger spaces and
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Kimberly
Jan 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
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I was intrigued by the premise of the book and the author supports that well in her introduction. Unfortunately, she uses what could be a good book about environmental psychology to push her own political views and denigrates the office of the President of the United States of America out of context in the first chapter. I can tolerate one or two political statements, but she continues to force her political agenda, concluding with a statement (still only in the first chapter) about how "we don' ...more
Wendi
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I took this book with the initial thinking that is was more about interior space, but I finish it with a bigger understanding of the bigger environment.

I am born in a country of high-rise buildings, therefore much of the risks mentioned in this book is not as relatable, but it’s an eye-opener for me to realise how impactful it is in the big shift from country to urban/suburban life. It is also interesting to learn where we derives our aesthetics from and how it applies to our current appreciatio
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Courtney
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Very much enjoyed this book (the chapter on fractals, particularly so). Sometimes it felt a bit too broad, but it's chock full of fascinating research and insight that compels one to think about where and how we live in a more nuanced way. ...more
Nils
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Sehr viele Anekdoten, die über die Kapitel hinweg nur lose zusammenhängen. Der große argumentative Bogen des Buch geht daher ein wenig unter. Die einzelnen Ideen und Gedanken zum Zusammenhang zwischen den Räumen, in denen wir leben, und unserem Handeln sind aber sehr bedenkenwert.
Catherine
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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An interesting discourse on the role our environment plays in making us who we are.
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