• The Great Indoors

  • The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness
  • By: Emily Anthes
  • Narrated by: Suzie Althens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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The Great Indoors

By: Emily Anthes
Narrated by: Suzie Althens
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Publisher's Summary

Modern humans are an indoor species. We spend 90 percent of our time inside, shuttling between homes and offices, schools and stores, restaurants and gyms. And yet, in many ways, the indoor world remains unexplored territory. For all the time we spend inside buildings, we rarely stop to consider: How do these spaces affect our mental and physical well-being? Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? Our productivity, performance, and relationships? 

In this wide-ranging, character-driven audiobook, science journalist Emily Anthes takes us on an adventure into the buildings in which we spend our days, exploring the profound and sometimes unexpected ways that they shape our lives. Drawing on cutting-edge research, she probes the painkilling power of a well-placed window and examines how the right office layout can expand our social networks. She investigates how room temperature regulates our cognitive performance, how the microbes hiding in our homes influence our immune systems, and how cafeteria design affects what - and how much - we eat.

Along the way, Anthes takes listeners into an operating room designed to minimize medical errors, a school designed to boost students’ physical fitness, and a prison designed to support inmates’ psychological needs. And she previews homes of the future, from the high-tech houses that could monitor our health to the 3D-printed structures that might allow us to live on the moon.

©2020 Emily Anthes (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • 01-18-21

Fascinating stories, well researched, read twice

I really enjoy Emily Anthes’ way of writing! She knows the science well but simplifies it down for all of us to understand and wraps complex ideas in fascinating stories! ( have to nerdily admit to loving her footnotes too, so often I feel this rigor is missing in other books). I especially enjoyed the stories around resilience and helped to you see new ways of thinking about the world and the role of design in shaping the world we live in.

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Recommended for Real Estate Professionals

Emily's book should be a must-read for any Real Estate professional and urban planner. She provides an evidence-based road map with actionable items for planning our cities, communities and indoor spaces to live healthier lives.

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  • Henry
  • 03-15-21

Interesting book, horrible narration

Pretty much my title. Distractingly bad narration - sounds almost like AI/Siri. Contents of book is interesting and worthwhile though!

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  • Georgina Gilbert
  • 02-16-21

A Good Introduction to Important Ideas

As an architectural assistant, I found this informative, interesting and very relevant to current times and issues. I felt this provided a good overview on a number of different factors to consider when planning interior spaces, and I like that each chapter focused on a different type of place or issue. Most of what is spoken about are things that we probably all know on some level but it will be interesting to see if these ideas and concepts are applied to new designs or installed retroactively to existing ones.

Not my favourite narrator.