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By Kevin Nute
University of Oregon 

The next step in sustainable design: Bringing the weather indoors


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Kevin Nute, University of Oregon

(THE CONVERSATION) A building’s primary purpose may be to keep the weather out, but most do such an effective job of this that they also inadvertently deprive us of contact with two key requirements for our well-being and effectiveness: nature and change.

In the 1950s Donald Hebb’s Arousal Theory established that people need a degree of changing sensory stimulation in order to remain fully attentive. And 30 years later, landmark research by...

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