The study of design elements and people’s behaviour in campus public space : how design shapes user’s behaviour

Ding, Ying & Guaralda, Mirko (2013) The study of design elements and people’s behaviour in campus public space : how design shapes user’s behaviour. In_Bo Ricerche e progetti per il territorio, la cittá e l’architettura, 4(1), pp. 114-136.

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A growing body of researches provided evidence of the successful design in particular focus on design elements, ranging from colour, lighting, technology, landscape and spatial arrangement. However, no example or literature investigates the opportunities for linking these design elements in a practical base. Drawing upon existing architectural design theory, this paper investigates the relationship between design elements regards to public’s behavioural response to the public space. The aims of this paper are two-fold: first to examine whether there is a direct relationship between the two, and second to find out how the design elements could be coordinated together to influence not only the activities but also the environment, function and experience. To meet this objective, observation, behavioural mapping, interview and cognitive mapping methodologies are used. The present study involves two local case studies to find out the relationship between design elements in order to assist the design of a better public space for public activities. Correlation between the design elements shows that public activities is more likely to happen in relatively space with well balance of design. These finding provide a better understanding of public space design by gaining deeper perceptive between design and user’s behaviour, consequently improving social activities and interactions in public space. Moreover, it focuses on campus public areas which can be a vital aspect of university campus and play a valuable role in the overall success of public space design.

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ID Code: 60630
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Public Space, Urban Design, Placemaking
ISSN: 2036-1602
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Open access
Deposited On: 05 Jun 2013 23:42
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2013 16:40

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