Measuring the Cognitive Dimension of Space Integrating the user’s perception in the syntactic analysis of a house

Seo, Kyung Wook and Kigawa, Tsuyoshi (2022) Measuring the Cognitive Dimension of Space Integrating the user’s perception in the syntactic analysis of a house. In: Proceedings 13th International Space Syntax Symposium, SSS 2022. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Bergen, Norway, p. 364. ISBN 9788293677673

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Space syntax analysis postulates that a spatial system reveals its social meaning through its configuration. In the building analysis, defining the discreteness of each unit of space is the first step to measure its connectedness. In doing so, walls and partitions are the most reliable physical entities to demarcate convex spaces. This paper proposes that reality is more fine-grained than the partitioned space, and there are possible ways to incorporate this unexplored cognitive dimension in the spatial analysis. We took an urban vernacular house in Seoul built in 1930s as a case to experiment how a sequence of going into the house can be analysed in a higher resolution. Walking through the house, what fascinates visitors is the richness of perceptual sensation that can never be captured by merely looking at its floor plan. It will be explained how a journey through 6 partitioned spaces are experienced as 16 different spatial arrangements, each of which evokes changing mode of human behaviour. What generates this denser perception is the continuous change in floor levels and ceiling heights, a rhythmic pattern of ups and downs with varying degrees of pitches and lengths, resembling a musical score. By precisely measuring the intensity of each subdivided unit of space, this research shows how cognitive properties in space can be incorporated in the syntactic analysis.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: 13th International Space Syntax Symposium, SSS 2022 ; Conference date: 20-06-2022 Through 24-06-2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cognitive dimension, human behaviour, Korean vernacular houses, Space Syntax, Spatial intensity
Subjects: F300 Physics
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
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Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2023 15:09
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 15:15

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