DesignSpace

Cognitive Technologies and Educational Discourse for
People-Centered Spatial Thinking & Architecture Design




RESEARCH & CONSULTING

DesignSpace is a research and consultation group focussing on the development of cognitive technologies and educational discourse for people-centered spatial thinking and architecture design. DesignSpace research has developed cognitive assistive technologies for people-centred usability analysis and building performance evaluation at all phases of the architecture design process, including design conception, preliminary prototyping and iterative refinement, and evidence-based post-occupancy analysis with a specific focus on wayfinding, signage, and eye-tracking studies.

DesignSpace offers a range of solutions for the universal design paradigm guided execution of large-scale built-up environments; the team has a track-record in providing customised technological solutions for the healthcare and aviation sectors. DesignSpace also conducts case-study driven intensive seminars and accredited training workshops both in academic / non-profit as well as private contexts.




TEAM | COGNITION. COMPUTING. DESIGN. ARCHITECTURE

Mehul Bhatt

Director., Co-Founder

Carl Schultz

Co-Founder

Jakob Suchan

Research Assistant

Vasiliki Kondyli

Research Assistant

Laura Maggi

Building Design

Vincenzo Vecchio

Building Design

PEOPLE. COGNITION. SPACE



Universal Design

Universal Design for architecture refers to the characteristic of the built environment to be "usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life". Concepts of universal design range from basic considerations of barrier or hindrance free design, to those pertaining to social, psychological, physiological, and aesthetic dimensions involved in the multi-faceted relationship between humans and the built environment.

Architectural Cognition

Architects concerned with designing a building are confronted with imagining and anticipating the visuo-spatial and navigational experience of building users during the initial (design) conception phase. Architects, and therefore architectural design assistance systems, must envision the shape of empty space that achieves required economic, social, functional and aesthetic preferences. Knowledge generated from evidence-based methods from environmental and social psychology can also find its way into educational discourse and computational tools for design creation & analysis.

Built Environment

The complex interrelations between fundamental design elements, patterns, and constructs occurring within systems of spatial organizationand physical structure as they accrue in the design of the built environment are the subject of study in professional architectural education. However, cognitive modalities of human perception, attention, action, dynamics, environmental affordance and user experience, and design conception and semantics have not conventionally been a core aspect of architectural training and practice.

HOW CAN COGNITIVE MODALITIES CONSTITUTE THE FOUNDATIONAL BUILDING BLOCKS OF DESIGN EDUCATION, DISCOURSE, SYSTEMS, AND THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE OF SPATIAL DESIGN FOR ARCHITECTURE?

PEOPLE CENTRED ARCHITECTURE DESIGN



Conception


How can the future evolution of (architectural) design computing bring notions of design semantics, structure, function, and people-centred design to the fore at an ontological, representational and computational level?


Computation


What is the role of specialized forms of visuo-spatial abstraction, and commonsense spatial reasoning, within the broader realm of design computing, spatial design assistance, and tools for design learning and education?


Communication


What is the nature and form of the analytical feedback that designers and planners expect during the early design conception and iterative refinement phase?

COGNITIVE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES







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