Applying HCI Methods and Concepts to Architectural Design (Or Why Architects Could Use HCI Even If They Don’t Know It)
- Jakub KrukarAffiliated withInstitute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster Email author
- , Ruth Conroy DaltonAffiliated withDepartment of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Northumbria
- , Christoph HölscherAffiliated withDepartment of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, ETH Zurich
The act of designing a building is indirectly, but conceptually very closely, linked to the user experience of its final outcome. It is this experience which often constitutes a major criterion for assessing the quality of the architect’s work. And yet, it would be a gross overstatement to suggest that architectural design is a user-centered process.
On a more generic level, designing any physical object acting as a catalyst for the final experience can be viewed as an act of designing a human-artifact interaction where the ‘artifact’ (be it a building or a computer device) serves as an interface for the ultimate behavior or emotional reaction. This chapter argues, that the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) can be viewed as a source of inspiration for architects wishing to incorporate, or enhance, user-centric planning routines in their creative workflows.
Drawing from the methodological toolbox of HCI, we demonstrate how user-centric planning can be placed in a structured framework, with tested and easy-to-apply methods serving as the vehicle for holistic user-centered planning processes.
The chapter proposes a formal model for understanding usability and user experience in the architectural context, demonstrates a number of methods suitable for its application, and concludes with a case study of an attempted use of one of such methods in an award-winning (yet, not necessarily user-friendly) public library project.
- Applying HCI Methods and Concepts to Architectural Design (Or Why Architects Could Use HCI Even If They Don’t Know It)
- Book Title
- Architecture and Interaction
- Book Subtitle
- Human Computer Interaction in Space and Place
- Book Part
- Part I
- pp 17-35
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- Series Title
- Human–Computer Interaction Series
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- Springer International Publishing
- Copyright Holder
- Springer International Publishing Switzerland
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- Editor Affiliations
- 3. Dept of Comp Sci & Digi Tech, University of Northumbria
- 4. Mixed Reality Laboratory,Dep of Comp Sc, University of Nottingham
- 5. Department of Informatics, Umeå University
- 6. The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
- Author Affiliations
- 7. Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster, Münster, Germany
- 8. Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
- 9. Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
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