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Webinar: The Great Indoors, in-conversation with Emily Anthes and Elspeth Pridham

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Join the BIID and Elspeth Pridham in conversation with Emily Anthes about her new book ‘The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behaviour, Health and Happiness’.

Emily Anthes is an award-winning science journalist and author. Her latest book looks at inside spaces and asks “How do these spaces affect our mental and physical well-being? Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours? Our productivity, performance, and relationships?”

Through her cutting-edge research, Emily probes the pain-killing 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 readers 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 the 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.


The Great Indoors provides a fresh perspective on our most familiar surroundings and a new understanding of the power of architecture and design. It's an argument for thoughtful interventions into the built environment and a story about how to build a better world--one room at a time.

Interiors Journalist Elspeth Pridham will be discussing Emily’s new book with her and how interior designers can learn from the examples and theory Emily investigates to inform their own healthy and happy future projects.


This webinar is open to everyone with an interest in design. BIID members and supporters can access this seminar for free, non-members can purchase a ticket for £5 + VAT.


Emily Anthes is a science journalist and author. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, Nature, Mosaic, Nautilus, Slate, Businessweek, Scientific American, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Aeon, Psychology Today, and elsewhere. Emily has a master’s degree in science writing from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in the history of science and medicine from Yale, where she also studied creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Elspeth Pridham is Editor of The Insider and is an experienced journalist and author who, for 30 years, has concentrated on the interiors industry. She has written for idFX, 25 Beautiful Homes and Furnishing and was Editor of Studio. She is also the author of the book Transparent, a study in transparent and translucent materials.

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