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Do you think the home and neighborhood around you have a major impact on your quality of life?
A roof over the head is not enough. The physical surroundings around us also play in.
The associations that buildings create tells us not only something about who others are, but also how we perceive ourselves, “explains Åshild Lappegard Hauge, senior researcher at Sintef Building Research..
She has, together with Aslak Fyhri and Helena Nord, been the editor of the book in Norwegian Environmental Psychology – people and surroundings that deal with how our surroundings affect us. The field of study ranges from psychology to social geography, architecture and health science.
In one of the chapters of the book, Hauge and Eva Magnus have described how the location, materials, architectural style and interior of the housing provide associations about what life and social status the residents have.
The location, design and materials of the home can also mean something to your well-being.
In the pursuit of the dream home there is a lot to be flattered. This is the first thing you should ask about on display.
People often associate beautiful physical surroundings with meaningful people, and read the surroundings as statements about the value and social class of people and organizations..
– I’m concerned about how the housing affects the dignity of a residents group and how it affects how we see ourselves. This knowledge can be used to help disadvantaged groups in society. A dwelling that the resident associates with a worthy, normal and good life can help to initiate other positive processes in relation to mental health, social networking and work, Hauge states..
Oddvar Skjæveland is a professional leader in space space architecture psychology. He is an educated organizational psychologist with doctorate in environmental psychology from the University of Bergen and the University of Gothenburg. He agrees that architecture and housing design has a lot to say for our well-being.
Because the home represents security in several meanings.
A home provides basic security in terms of having a place to live, as well as financial security and that you can not be thrown out of a lease.
– Not least, it is a pleasure to shape the home itself and we Norwegians are world champions to brush up, says Skjæveland.
The psychologist looks at the home as a “base camp” for so much.
– The accommodation is a “base camp” for our friends and our network. Inviting friends home gives you an opportunity to showcase your home.
He says that the home as a social arena has changed in our modern age. People do not just come by “anymore, now we meet more on invited occasions.
Not least, the home is a “base camp” for the couple and the family.
But there are changes here too. The number of single households increases. According to Statistics Norway, households with one person accounted for 41 per cent of households 1. January 2014. Those living alone are found primarily in the outskirts and in major cities – especially in central parts of the cities.
– This number is very high, but it does not mean that all of them are single. There are also many living in special housing, Skjæveland emphasizes.
Property as Investment Object
Many people move frequently, home acts as a temporary “basecamp”. This also has an economic aspect. Norwegians look at the housing as an investment object.
– But with floating interest, this has a high risk profile. Norwegians spend a lot of money on refurbishment, but most look at the refurbishment as investment, not consumption.
There are also some factors that can threaten the housing. If the neighbor refuses to chop the tree, a new building can fall by 100. 000 kroner in value.
– This is the backdrop of many neighboring ranks, but most forget is that an ongoing conflict with the neighbor can also lower the housing value – and of course the book quality, Skjæveland emphasizes.
Property as a convenience factor
People move more often than before and they are active in using the home as a well-being factor.
People are targeted and instrumental in terms of buying and selling.
– You want a dividend of equity and things can happen in the family situation that makes it possible to get value and housing. It may be that you change work and thus social class – which in turn means that you can “go up” in cohesion and value. People are not passive, on the other hand, very active, says Skjæveland.
Åshild Lappegard Hauge refers to a study she collaborated with Arnulf Kolstad, conducted in 2007:
Through interviews, researchers found that people read information about the personality and tastes of others, interests, life stages, social status and relationships through the housing location, exterior and interior. Areas and buildings can create divisions and define “others” from us.
She says that book quality expectations change over time. These expectations can be culturally determined, or may vary by class, age, sex and lifestyle.
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