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An Architect Is Pushing To Bring Weather Indoors As A Benefit To All

By Aimee Lutkin

Professor of Architecture at Ohio University, Kevin Nute, is making a good case for bringing weather indoors based on decades of previous research. In an essay for Green Biz, Nute outlines why he thinks changing the atmosphere we live and work in to replicate what we experience outdoors will be a good thing. If you've been trudging through terrible heat or down pouring rain during your commute to an air conditioned office, you may be skeptical. But air conditioning is a form of climate control that we take for granted. Nute is just building on that.

He references a scientist named Donald Hebbs who wrote about something called Arousal Theory in the 1950s. As naughty as that sounds, all Hebbs posits is that people need "a degree of changing sensory stimulation in order to remain fully attentive."   

A gentle breeze, a change in temperature, a passing mist. Nute believes all these things could add to productivity and focus at work, even if they sound back for electronics. He also references researchers that discovered patients heal faster when they can look out the window at nature or landscapes rather than brick walls. Unfortunately for most of us, we're lucky to see a window all day at work, forget about what it looks out on.