The primary focus of this study is to determine how design decisions may influence human behavior. Specific characteristics of four recently built student residences at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will be evaluated. Each residence is a tower typology of roughly the same size and scale. Different design characteristics are present in each tower staircase. With all other factors being equal, the project aims to see which design characteristics encouraged the most stair use by students. A secondary goal is to engage with a key client to collaboratively undertake mutually beneficial research, as a pilot for a general aspiration to learn from our work and provide added value to our clients.
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