Designing buildings for people: Kerstin Sailer at TEDxUCL

Dr Kerstin Sailer is a Lecturer in Complex Buildings at UCL, where she teaches in the MSc ‘Advanced Architectural Studies’. Kerstin is a trained architect from Germany, where she completed her Diploma in Architecture, as well as her PhD on the ‘The Space-Organisation Relationship’. Her research interests include complex buildings and workplace environments, space usage, organisational theory and organisational behaviour, Social Network Analysis, and evidence-based design practices.

Most people spend the majority of their waking hours in buildings: schools, universities, offices, research labs, libraries, hospitals, shopping malls etc. Most of them were designed to be aesthetically appealing and to accommodate functions according to the building brief. Most of them were not visited again by the architects once they were occupied. Most publications of buildings show glossy images in beautiful weather (or at night), devoid of any trace of usage. This talk will change perspectives and ask how designers can place the users of a building at the centre of the design process.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

This talk is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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