People-Centered Visuospatial Cognition: Next-Generation Architectural Design Systems and Their Role in Design Conception, Computing, and Communication

  • Mehul BhattEmail author
  • Carl Schultz
Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 28)


When undertaking the task of design, architects imagine and anticipate the visuospatial and navigational experience of building users during the initial design conception phase. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the final physical built-up structure inherently performs with respect to people-centered design criteria encompassing function, behavior, and affordance. We argue that next-generation people-centered design systems, frameworks, assistive tools, educational discourse, and design policies and practices need to be explicitly founded on the cognitive modalities of human perception, attention, action, dynamics, environmental affordance and user experience, and design conception and semantics. We posit that this requires a holistic approach to architectural design cognition, encompassing the application of principles, practices, and methods from the fields of architecture and engineering, cognitive science, spatial cognition and computation, and evidence-based empirical methods in environmental and social psychology.


Computer science Cognitive science Artificial intelligence Cognitive systems Human-computer interaction Architecture Design Social and behavioural sciences Spatial cognition and computation Spatial reasoning Design semantics People-centered design Spatial assistance systems Computer-aided Architecture Design (CAAD) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The DesignSpace Group, Faculty of Mathematics and InformaticsUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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