Investigating environments of university makerspaces: perspectives on environment preference approaches
by Wisuwat Wannamakok
J. of Design Research (JDR), Vol. 18, No. 1/2, 2020

Abstract: This study draws upon the four determinants of environmental preferences to examine how to design spaces that can attract like-minded university students to innovate within. Images of eight different makerspaces are presented to a valid sample of 303 university students from Engineering, Design, and Non-Engineering and Design majors to understand their perspectives related to space preferences. ANOVA is used to investigate differences of student preferences. Using the same questionnaire given to the students, 30 lecturers were asked to reaffirm perceptions of environmental preferences, including the benefits and limitations of implementing makerspaces in universities. Results show that students and lecturers indicate the highest preference for the same two images, wherein the spaces are considered mysterious and inspire an evident level of intrigue, leaving one wanting to see or learn more about the space. As such, this study sheds new light on designing makerspaces to attract more innovators, especially in the Asian context.

Online publication date: Wed, 23-Dec-2020

The full text of this article is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the J. of Design Research (JDR):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:

    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?

Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

If you still need assistance, please email