Workplace Environmental Design in Architecture for Public Health

Impacts on Occupant Space Use and Physical Activity

  • Stamatina Th. Rassia

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Physical Activity and Disease: Theory and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stamatina Th. Rassia
      Pages 3-6
  3. Space-Use and the History of the Office Building

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Stamatina Th. Rassia
      Pages 9-15
  4. Research Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Stamatina Th. Rassia
      Pages 23-27
    3. Stamatina Th. Rassia
      Pages 29-31
    4. Stamatina Th. Rassia
      Pages 33-39
  5. Identifying Influential Office Architectural Design Factors of Movement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Stamatina Th. Rassia
      Pages 43-51
    3. Stamatina Th. Rassia
      Pages 53-63
    4. Stamatina Th. Rassia
      Pages 65-72
    5. Stamatina Th. Rassia
      Pages 73-78
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 79-94

About this book


This concise volume analyzes the potential for the workplace environment—where so many people spend so much of their day—to improve workers’ capacity for health and wellness. It pinpoints the link between sedentary lifestyles and poor health, and explores the role of office spatial design in encouraging physical activity to promote physical activity, health and prevent disease. The featured research study tracks workers’ movement in a variety of office layouts, addressing possible ways movement-friendly design can co-exist with wireless communication, paperless offices, and new corporate concepts of productivity. From these findings, the author’s conclusions extend public health concepts to recognize that influencing population-wide levels of activity through office architectural design alone may be possible.


This SpringerBrief is comprised of chapters on :


  •         Physical activity and disease: Theory and practice
  •          Space-use and the history of the office building
  •          Identifying factors of the office architectural design that influence movement,
  •          Interdisciplinary research methods in studying worker physical activity, decision-making and office design characteristics
  •         The KINESIS model for simulating physical activity in office environments


The questions and potential for solutions in Workplace Environmental Design in Architecture for Public Health will interest and inform researchers in interdisciplinary topics of public health and architecture as well as graduate and post-graduate students, architects, economists, managers, businesses as well as health-conscious readers.


public health interdisciplinary architecture design and health physical activity and environmental architecture workplace environmental design design impacts on health health and sustainable workplaces occupant space use space use and chronic disease prevention built environment place and health occupational health and well-being worksite health promotion lifestyle and behavior

Authors and affiliations

  • Stamatina Th. Rassia
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ArchitectureUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-53443-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-53444-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-3698
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-3701
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