It seems self-evident that architectural design has a strong impact on human activities. In addition to the basic architectural design considerations such as aesthetics and safety, the complexity of the interaction between human activities and architectural design deserve thorough investigation. Such investigations not only gain more understanding of the dynamics of the interaction between human beings and the built environment, but also provide insights on how to improve architectural or urban designs to fulfill the intended purposes. There are a few case studies investigating how spatial features of a building or an urban setting either facilitate or inhibit a particular type of human activity. Gieryn analyzed how the architectural design of the Lewis Thomas Laboratory (LTL) at Princeton University has enhanced collaboration among the researchers and students because of a specific spatial feature of the lab. Lawrence Frank and his team have done an comprehensive study on how the contemporary urban sprawl prevent people including physical activity in their daily life leading to dire medical consequences such as obesity. However, there is no systematic study on the complexity of the interaction between human agents and architectural design. This project aims to develop a computational framework capable of accommodating computer simulations to investigate the complexity of the interaction between architectural design and human agents. The simulation will be focus on investigating how the spatial characteristics of the built environments impact on the activities of agents with different population sizes, and different temporal characteristic, ie, being active at different times and/or different durations.
Design Principles & Practices: An International Journal Vol. 3, Issue 6, p. 115-125