Research project by Al Francis D. Librero (King) and Diego S. Maranan at the University of the Philippines Open University
There are two on-going trends regarding people and their work habits. First, it is no longer uncommon for people to work long-hours everyday. The emergence of occupations such as those in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry has also led to the mass subjection of employees to odd working hours. The same emergence has also helped lead to the second trend. More and more people are now able and opt to work from home. While it may seem amenable on the surface, the truth of the matter is that working from home is a next step towards breaking the traditional distinction between a home and a workplace. This leads to the bottom line that many people spends more and more time in environments that can be deemed stressful due to work. Since such a setup makes escaping stressful environments more difficult, there is now a greater need to mitigate stress. Perhaps this can be achieved by enhancing the living space itself as to improve the well-being of its occupants.
King had a short research residency at FoAM in Brussels in October 2011.