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Title: Controlling Vandalism Through Design - Is It Possible?
Author(s): R Daniels
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of how lighting, color, and furnishings affect behavior is accompanied by recommendations on ways these features can be chosen so as to reduce the incidence of vandalism in college buildings.
Abstract: Space gives off visual cues which affect feelings and behaviors. Recent studies indicate that lighting may affect glandular behavior. Studies of the effects of windowless classrooms indicate the importance of sunlight to psychological well-being. However, too much light may make people so excitable that they cannot do the task required in a particular environment. Like light, color is known to affect the human organism, although the relationship is not completely clear. Red is believed to be dynamic; green, to reduce nervous and muscular tension; bluish green, to be restful; and purple, to be biologically neutral. Alex Schauss, former prison and probation officer, believes that pink with a wavelength of 620 nanometers can calm disorderly conduct. Cultural conditioning also affects the way colors are perceived. A further strong visual clue is the furnishings and their spatial arrangements. Understanding the effects of light, color, and furnishings can create a satisfying environment where vandalism is kept to a minimum. A worksheet is included.
Index Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures; Environmental design; Human factors engineering; Lighting; Nonbehavioral correlates of crime; Vandalism
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