The creation of spaces is at the heart of architectural and urban design. However, statements of designers about spatial qualities often remain vague and ambiguous. This is reflected by built examples whose problems emerge from a missing understanding of the relations between the built environment and human behaviour. In this seminar we will examine methods for quantitative analysis of architectural space and examanine in how far these quantities relate to human behaviour.
The objective of this course is to learn knowledge and methods for better anticipating the perspective of the user of architectural spaces. Therefore you will on the one hand learn computational methods for quantifying daylight, visibility and accessibility. On the other hand you will learn a tool for conducting user studies in Virtual Reality.
The methods are trained using a small scale scenario: your own appartment. By applying the methods to this case and comparing the results to your actual experience we will investigate in how far objective statements about user-centered criteria can be made.
The knowledge provided through online seminars will be deepened in consultations and documented in several exercises.
No previous knowledge is required. Basics in using Autodesk Revit are however useful.
Regarding the topics of the course, I learned how important it is to shift my point of view as a designer, putting the user at the centre of the design. Regarding the teaching of the course, I appreciated how everything, and in particular the use of the software, was explained in detail, a task that usually, from personal experience, is left to the student.