Urban Form and Human Behavior

KTH Vetenskap Och Konst

The Lab’s work around this theme primarily seeks to understand how urban experience is shaped by the urban form and the dynamic processes that compose our cities and places. The challenge in our work is to develop methods and theoretical frameworks to bring together the analysis of urban structure from a normative and explorative perspective with a broadly qualitative investigation of individual and community perceptions, experiences and narratives. We will examine relationships between characteristics of the physical environment and the humans using it, between the context and human responses.

Our research will evolve a knowledge base for urban design decisions and a unique collection of urban codes and patterns for understanding the city. We are also interested in exploring how form & meaning, physically, socially and virtually is perceived and communicated by residents and what implications these impacts and consequent resident actions have on the city and its public realm, within the larger scope of ‘human oriented city’ investigation. We are also concerned about the matter of spatial tools, frameworks, models and technologies by which changes in urban form and landscapes can be better understood, visualized and worked with. Last but not least, our studies encompass history, culture and heritage management of cities. CHAIR of Theme: Dr. Tigran Haas, Associate Professor

Photo by:  Miniature Cement Sculptures by Isaac Cordal, By Kaushik Sunday, June 12, 2011  Art n Design, Sculpture, Street art, Reproduced by permission from the Author. June 2011 London.