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Title: PATTERNS OF SMALL HUMAN PACINGS: AN ANALYTICAL STUDY ON PATTERNS OF CONGREGATION IN THE PUBLIC SPACES OF MRT INTERCHANGES
Authors: TAN SU-ANN JESSICA
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master
Junko Tamura
2014/2015 Aki DT
Kernel Density
Crowd
GPS
Environment and Behaviour
Congregation
Public Space
Issue Date: 8-Dec-2014
Citation: TAN SU-ANN JESSICA (2014-12-08). PATTERNS OF SMALL HUMAN PACINGS: AN ANALYTICAL STUDY ON PATTERNS OF CONGREGATION IN THE PUBLIC SPACES OF MRT INTERCHANGES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This dissertation argues for a new kind of analysis on people congregation patterns and various attributes of movement and communication levels under the framework of a network society. This paper focuses on the use of analytical and evaluative models to illustrate patterns of congregation surrounding spatial objects found in MRT interchanges. Visualizations using Kernel Density Estimations are being applied to discover and evaluate these patterns. Urban theorists like Jan Gehl and William Whyte have expediently analyzed pedestrian behaviour in public spaces. Following these proponents of public spaces, the dissertation assumes the notion that people attract other people, and that presence of a congregation of people increases the likelihood of social interactions. However, the scientific, analytical methods used in this research are being juxtaposed to the qualitative observations of Jan Gehl on pedestrian movements at intersections and junctures. These methods also provide a three-dimensional perspective on mapping patterns of human congregation on a planar space, compared to William Whyte’s work of analyzing human stationary positions along a linear axis, such as sitting along the edge steps of an urban square. Through the method, a final evaluation involves outlining the effects of spatial form on congregation behaviour, and showing how few parameters of small pacings and other attributes can contribute to an overall emergent and dynamic pattern of congregation behaviour within an environment. This research is grounded upon the transit network which bestows a kind of non-place (Auge 1995), facilitating the observance of fundamental human interactions. Transportation infrastructure is shaping a new kind of public realm, which elucidates the potential of this research in the design of transport nodes. However, this research is not limited to the transportation network. This paper will argue that the methods used can be used to elucidate human congregation wherever public life occurs.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/221285
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