The built environment, adaptations and networks

This section aims to illustrate one of the core themes in the PIE model; the way that the buildings we use provide not just convenience and shelter, but 'social spaces' - opportunities for person-to-person interactions - and how they can be thoughtfully designed to maximise these opportunities.

These 'social spaces' are not just the obviously communal areas - TV rooms or sitting rooms etc - intended for 'socialising'. They include all the kinds of interactions - staff to user, and user to user. The physical condition of the building and furnishings is then important - but it is only one aspect of the 'messages' that the building gives off.

We begin with two very handy checklists  that can offer prompts to the imagination over how the building, lighting, signage and sound can convey an impression. These are followed by a string of examples of these ideas applied in practice.

For further background reading/listening/viewing

  • Introducing the PIE approach : HERE
  • The built environment and adaptations : HERE
  • Using the whole environment: HERE
  • Outreach, pathways, and environments without buildings : HERE
  • PIEs, communities and a sense of belonging : HERE
  • Clubhouses, cores, and campus models : HERE
  • PIEs in therapy settings : HERE
  • 'Psychologically informed business environments' : HERE
  • Whole system PIEs  : HERE
  • PIEs and ‘exclusion-informed research’ HERE

'Well-being by design: a guide' is a very useful handy tool, developed by Genesis Housing Association and based on earlier research by the Boex brothers on the impact of purposive design of the physical environment. It allows staff of a service to ‘walk through’ - usually literally - their building, to ask themselves how it would feel - and see it with new eyes.

Similar in intent, but sufficiently different for the two to complement each other, the 'checklist of Trauma informed Care principles in built environment design' produced by Jill Pable's Design Resources for Homelessness (DRH) in Florida uses the language of trauma, but is otherwise entirely in spirit.

NB: as a checklist, it also allows a numerical scoring, which some will find helpful.

 

Checklists

Well-being by design -  the questions you might ask : HERE

A checklist of Trauma informed Care principles in built environment design : HERE 

(Also) : Well-being through design - (the Boex brothers' original paper: HERE 

(Also: Trauma informed design (DRH follow up wit illustrations) : HERE )

 

Case studies

Highwater House annual report: HERE

Duneddin Canmore: colour coding spaces : HERE 

PIEs at the Wallich - rethinking the building : HERE

Complex needs and building adaptation at King George's :  HERE   and HERE

Y Adapt - developing a PIE (with a Clubhouse  model):  HERE

 

Also in the Library

Nudge psychology, using colour, and the Psychologically Informed Environment  : HERE