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Evaluating user-centred wayfinding solutions - Pre-occupancy building evaluation

Planning circulation systems and floor plan layouts for large-scale, multi-level buildings is one of the most complex challenges of architectural design. Spatial configuration impacts where building users can move and how they can interact with and experience space. Once a building is constructed, changing configuration is challenging (e.g. it is costly to cut in an atrium, or turn around staircases, in order to make space more legible for the building users).
In this master project, you learn how to follow an "evidence-based design" approach - this means that you use research insight to improve your architectural (re)designs. For this aim, a main part of the project will include planning, conducting and reporting an empirical study. In this study, you will use modern technology, the Oculus Rift in InfAR's Virtual-Reality Lab. In particular, you will examine how virtual reality can support "pre-occupancy" evaluation - thus, an evaluation before the building's construction.
The aim of the project is that you examine how different layout configurations (which you analyses via isovist and space syntax analysis) impact wayfinding processes in complex, multi-level architectural environments, using virtual reality as tool for pre-occupancy evaluation in the context of wayfinding and users' experiences of the space.
Since the virtual reality implementation takes programming skills and time, and because this is a research-focused project, the modeling part is not at the focus here, but you can learn a lot about user-centred building evaluation and research. The building models are already available for you to use; alternatively, you can model an artificial (multi-level) test environment directly in the game engine UNREAL.
 

Enrollment & Further Information:

Contact: Please e-mail Dr.phil. Saskia Kuliga.
Study Program: Master Architecture, Master Medieninformatik (nach Vereinbarung mit eigener Fakultät)
Supervision: Vertr.-Prof. Dr. Sven Schneider, Dr.phil. Saskia Kuliga
Date: summer or winter semester, can start any time

Auch im Format "Freies Projekt" möglich!


 

Evaluating and planning cities - Evaluating how spatial configurations impact experience

How can urban planners evaluate whether citizens experience their planned urban design as pleasant or unpleasant?
In this master project, you learn how to follow an "evidence-based design" approach - this means that you use research insight to improve your architectural (re)designs. For this aim, the first part of the project will include be conducting a small empirical study; the second part will contain modeling an evidence-based design solution for the problems you have identified in your study.
The general aim of the project is to examine architectural/urban experience. You will conduct a small study to analyze how different people experience space. To facilitate this, you can follow the methods the chair of information science has already developed, such as correlating spatial measures (using space syntax and isovist analyses) with experience ratings (e.g. using questionnaires/apps, or mapping emotions). If you like, you can even experiment with measuring stress-related responses using moern technologies (Emotiv Epoc EEG: https://www.emotiv.com; oder Empatica E4, https://www.empatica.com/e4-wristband).
By bringing together objective spatial measures with subjective experiential measures, you can better understand how the configuration of urban squares, streets, and city structures impacts and contributes to positive experiences/well-being. Once you have identified which places people experience as pleasant or unpleasant, we ask you to plan/propose a novel design solution that deals with the challenges you identified based on your study.

Enrollment & Further Information:

Contact: Please e-mail Vertr.-Prof. Dr. Sven Schneider
Study Program: Master Architecture, Master Medieninformatik nach Vereinbarung mit eigener Fakultät
Supervision: Vertr.-Prof. Dr. Sven Schneider, Dr.phil. Saskia Kuliga
Date: summer or winter semester, can start any time

Auch im Format "Freies Projekt" möglich!