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Communicating sustainability: a postoccupancy evaluation of the David Brower Center


Cranz, G and Lindsay, G and Morhayim, L and Lin, A, Communicating sustainability: a postoccupancy evaluation of the David Brower Center, Environment and Behavior, 46, (7) pp. 826 -847. ISSN 1552-390X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 SAGE Publications

DOI: doi:10.1177/0013916513475449


As the United States adjusts to the necessity of ecological sustainability, buildings play an important role because of their use of resources—and because they are potent nonverbal symbols of new societal values. The David Brower Center in Berkeley, California, strives to be a model for sustainability. Environmental impact is often the focus of those concerned with sustainability, but here, additionally, the designers aim to raise public awareness of sustainability through the building. For this reason, this building became the site for a postoccupancy evaluation class exercise; architecture students analyzed the building and what it communicates about sustainability from the perspective of its users. Findings indicate that many people did not adequately read the building’s green design characteristics: Social and symbolic communication could be improved by increasing signage and evolving clearer symbolism for "green."

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:communicating sustainability, post-occupancy evaluation, Berkeley, California, USA
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Sustainable architecture
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Lindsay, G (Dr Georgia Lindsay)
ID Code:135255
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2019-10-08
Last Modified:2019-11-08

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