Between measurements and perception – How Victorian scientists assessed the climatic conditions inside the Houses of Commons, 1852- 54.

Schoenefeldt, Henrik (2016) Between measurements and perception – How Victorian scientists assessed the climatic conditions inside the Houses of Commons, 1852- 54. In: Architecture and Experience in the Nineteenth Century, 17 - 18 March 2016, St. John's College, University of Oxford. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The paper explores the role of the user experience in the design and performance evaluation of the first ventilation and climate control system in the House of Commons, which was developed by the physician David Boswell Reid between 1847 and 1852. From February 1852 till April 1854 the environmental conditions inside the debating chamber were continuously monitored and also underwent several scientific evaluations. In addition to measuring the physical environment using scientific instruments, particular attention was given to examining the MPs' personal experience of the indoor climate. Eyewitness accounts, scientific reports and the engineers’ monitoring log-books are used to gain critical insights into the the internal environmental conditions and how these were perceived. Moreover, it retraces how difficulties with satisfying the MPs expectations became the driving force behind several scientific examinations and technical modifications. It illustrates that the idea of involving building users in post-occupancy evaluations is not entirely modern but part of a more longstanding practice.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > Architecture
Depositing User: Henrik Schoenefeldt
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2016 17:09 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2016 13:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54576 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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