Wean Hall

Spacial analysis of a local campus building.

This project is a collective presentation on human-interaction and behavior within a local space. My group and I sought to understand how people interact within a given space- and how that space affects their behavior at micro and macro levels.

 
 
 

PART 1: APPROACH

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UNDERSTANDING THE SPACE

We first sought to understand the space from a broader point-of-view- looking at the architecture and knowledge we already had of the physical space. What were the people spending time in this environment experiencing? What were the main factors that contributing to that experience?

Based off of this research, we focused on light as our main concern.

CONSIDERATION OF VARIABLES

Following our concern of light, our group looked for the variations that occurred within and throughout the building. We were concerned with how the light and experience changed depending on location in the building. Where and when was light experienced well and poorly? How did it contribute to the people in these spaces?

 

initial methodology

We conducted surveys to understand the broad spectrum of people in the space we were researching. We looked for percentages in students, professors, and staff- as well as patterns in physical and emotional experiences.

PART 1: MIDPOINT CONCLUSION

 

After compiling data and information, our group quickly realized that quantitative data (especially at a small scale) was too biased to draw conclusions. Instead, we began to focus on what behaviors we had observed during our initial research. 

 

PART 2: APPROACH

 
 
 

During the initial survey of people and their spaces, our group made observations on light, the rooms they inhibited, and what actions were taken if they felt more to be had. 

We then organized the information we collected into two concept maps- one focusing on people who stayed in temporary spaces in the building (typically students) and permanent spaces (faculty and staff). 

 

QUALITATIVE INSIGHTS AND OBSERVATIONS

At this point, our group had begun to focus on the qualitative information we had gathered from conversation with the students, faculty, and staff that resided in Wean Hall. We focused on the actions people took to address their experiences- if it was too dark, people brought more lights, others changed the space entirely with new furniture and plants, and others chose to do nothing. 

We became concerned with how these actions differed between people and why they differed. We wanted to show how the actions, interventions, could be made within the space people were experiencing. 

PART 2: CONCLUSION

 
 
 

After analysis of the space and coming to understand the relationships people had with the space, our group came to the conclusion to create an intervention proposal. As a final contribution, we diagramed methods to provide agency for those who interact with the space. 

This initial proposal represents the relationships between people and their office environments, and how they have (or haven't) addressed the environment in reference to space and light interaction.