INTERACTIVE SPATIAL ANALYTICS FOR HUMAN-AWARE BUILDING DESIGN

ACM Motion, Interaction, and Games, 2018.



Abstract:

We present a computational spatial analytics tool for designing environments that better support human-related factors. Our system performs both static and dynamic analyses: the first relates to the building geometry and organization, while the second additionally considers the crowd movement in the space. The results are presented to the designers in the form of numerical values, traces and heat maps displayed on top of the floor plan. We demonstrate our approach with a user study whereby novice architects have tested the proposed approach to iteratively improve a building accessibility in real-time with respect to a selected number of static and dynamic metrics. The results indicate that the users were able to successfully improve their design solutions and thus generate more human-aware environments. The usability and effectiveness of the tool where also measured, yielding positive scores. The modular and flexible nature of the tool enables further extension to incorporate additional static and dynamic spatial metrics.

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