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Citation

Lee EH, Luo C, Sam YL, Roberts AC, Kwok KW, Car J, Soh CK, Christopoulos GI. Build. Environ. 2019; 153: 28-34.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.02.017

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

Over half of the global population lives in urban areas, making the issue of space a pressing environmental factor. The development of large-scale underground complexes in (mega-)cities is a solution to healthy urban growth and many governments have already adopted the development of underground (office) workspaces (UWS). Engineering can develop such high quality spaces; yet, there is limited understanding of how the public perceives UWS. UWS are not the same as other workspaces, and thus special assessment tools are needed. Here, we present the Underground Workspaces Questionnaire (UWSQ), which measures pre-occupant attitudes towards UWS. Analysis (N > 1000) identified three factors with positive aspects associated with feeling protected, whereas confinement was independent of affective responses. Predictably, responses to the three factors correlated with claustrophobia but were independent constructs. UWSQ can help policymakers and architects understand how populations holistically respond to the idea of working in an underground office.


Language: en

Keywords

Asia; Attitudes; Indoor space; Office design; Questionnaires; Underground spaces; Vertical cities

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