Lab4Living not only refers to the collaborative partnerships between our researchers. The Lab4Living is also the physical space where much of our research takes place. This space is a state-of-the-art experimental area where it’s possible to conduct both qualitative and quantitative studies of human behaviour and to understand individuals’ interactions with the built environment.
The advantage of this is that it allows us to create and re-create a range of different scenarios and to observe in detail how people respond to these environments. This can range from full room scales such as living rooms, bathrooms, office spaces, supermarket isles etc down to individual items of packaging and small products. Developing a greater understanding of how people interact with these spaces leads to ‘better’ design of products, packaging and process solutions.
The Lab possesses extensive resources which can broadly be grouped around the following categories: Simulation, Production and Measurement and data collection.