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Empathic Space: The Computation of Human-Centric Architecture

Thursday, September 25, 2014 8:08 am EDT

In recent years, questions of space have gained renewed momentum in architecture and urban design, as adaptation, densification and sustainable regeneration have become an increasing priority. While most computing-based design tends to emphasise the formal aspects of architecture, overlooking space and its users, the ‘original’ computational design approaches first spearheaded in the UK in the 1960s and 1970s tended to be focused on behavioural and occupational patterns.

Empathic Space: The Computation of Human-Centric Architecture discusses how, over the last decade, a new generation of design research has emerged that has started to implement and validate previous investigations into spatial computation. This latest title in the Architectural Design (AD) series aims to understand how to design spatial configurations based on user experiences and revive an interest in the experiential that was first explored in the early 20th Century by German and Nordic organic architects who invented design methods that correlated cognitive responses of buildings’ occupants to spatial structure.

Empathic Space, however, looks at how the current revival of human-centric design represents an approach that synthesises spatial design and algorithmic techniques with organic design thinking, which could also be regarded as a return to the ‘first principles’ of architectural design.

Containing contributions from Paul Coates, Christian Derix, Olafur Eliasson, Lucy Helme, Bill Hillier, Åsmund Izaki, Prarthana Jagannath, Dan Montello, Juhani Pallasmaa, Philip Steadman and Guy Theraulaz, Empathic Space also features architects and designers including Jussi Ängeslevä (Art+Com), Stan Allen, Aedas|R&D, Markus Braach (Kaisersrot), Hermann Hertzberger, Kazuhiro Kojima (Cat), Pablo Miranda and Rafi Segal.

Empathic Space: The Computation of Human-Centric Architecture will be available wherever books are sold, priced £24.99.

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