The notion of data is increasingly encountered in spatial, creative and cultural studies. Big data and artificial intelligence are significantly influencing a number of disciplines. Processes, methods and vocabularies from sciences, architecture, arts are borrowed, discussed and tweaked, and new cross-disciplinary fields emerge. More and more, artists and designers are drawing on hard data to interpret the world and to create meaningful, sensuous environments. Architects are using neurophysiological data to improve their understanding of people’s experiences in built spaces. Different disciplines collaborate with scientists to visualise data in different and creative ways, revealing new connections, interpretations and readings. This often demonstrates a genuine desire to comprehend human behaviour and experience and to – possibly – inform design processes accordingly. At the same time, this opens up questions as to why this desire and curiosity is emerging now, how it relates to recent technological advances and how it converses with the cultural, philosophical and methodological context of the disciplines with which it engages. Questions are also raised as to how the use of data and data-informed methods may serve, support, promote and/or challenge political agendas.

Data, Architecture and the Experience of Place provides an overview of new approaches on this significant subject and is ideal for students and researchers in digital architecture, architectural theory, design, digital media, sensory studies and related fields.

chapter 1|17 pages

Data and the experience of place

The use of data in contemporary spatial and cultural studies

chapter 2|4 pages

Data science in the age of Big Data

Opportunities and challenges

chapter 3|23 pages

Data + Multimer

Mapping human signals for improved spatial design

chapter 4|25 pages

Data, emotion, space

FELT communication through computational textile texture

chapter 6|22 pages

Data and comfort assessment

Examining the suitability of physiological sensors for assessing comfort in an everyday environment

chapter 7|13 pages

Data and wayfinding at Thamesmead

Applying geolocation and EEG recordings of brain activity for navigation design

chapter 8|17 pages

Virtual reality and EEG data

Understanding spatial transitions

chapter 9|27 pages

Data and GPS systems

Comparing navigation and landmark knowledge between GPS users and non-GPS users

chapter 10|18 pages

Data and emotions

Mapping of Beirut Central District through physiological emotions

chapter 11|17 pages

Data and ‘social’/‘sexual’ encounters in the city

Mappings of potential embodied experiences through geolocative dating apps

chapter 13|22 pages

Data and politics of information

Rezoning New York City through Big Data