|Ceilings and Dinners||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Judy Baxter (BAXTERepivax.epi.umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 10:31:01 -0500|
Paul Kilduff wrote: <<It occurs to me that an objective study would include the questions: ===== How high is your dining room ceiling; Is it designed according to good acoustical principles; How many common meals do you have per week; and What percentage of your residents attend any given common meal. ====== With enough respondents, a graph could be made, correlating those factors, and answering the question, what is the effect of ceiling height on attendance at common meals? I take it that attendance at common meals is the most significant measure of the success of a common dining room's design. >> As one who is involved in lots of epidemiological studies with many variables, I can't resist chiming in here. I think ceiling height is just one of many many variables that impact attendance at common meals. The ones that come to mind from my experience and perceptions are (not in a particular order): 1-introvert/extrovert . Some people are more interested in common meals. 2-acoustics - noisy meals are definitely off-putting. Someday, I hope, we'll improve our dining room ceiling, hopefully ideas from this list will help, but right now other projects come 1st 3-schedules - people's busy lives and jobs that are (in my mind) too demanding and inflexible 4-diets, allergies, food sensitivities 5-community dynamics So, # 2 is very important, but not the only thing. Judy Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing Community,(MoCoCo) Twin Cities Area, Mpls.,MN -- e-mail: baxter [at] epivax.epi.umn.edu (division of epidemiology) (usually checked on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday) 15 homes - 7 new townhomes and 8 coop apartments in a rehab Georgian building built as a retirement home in 1924 - Voice Mail for Monterey Cohousing - 612-930-7554 Enjoying the weather (knock on wood, our trees were'nt hit very hard by recent severe storms) and our courtyard and grounds. This has been a wonderful spring and summer beginning - got to admit, our tunnel and common house in winter ain't the same as the courtyard and long days! I raked grass clippings for the joy of it yesterday!
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