Discovering Concept Patterns in Spatial Design

DS 81: Proceedings of NordDesign 2014, Espoo, Finland 27-29th August 2014

Year: 2014
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Al-Falou (1), Katam; Heck (2), Johannes; Kriesi (1), Carlo; Steinert (1), Martin; Meboldt (2), Mirko
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: 1: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; 2: ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Section: Management and organization of design and development
Page(s): 682-691
ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2


This research compares data from different case studies relating to the way in which creative spaces have been designed to date. The aim is to reveal the underlying patterns, if such exist, in the relationship between space and creativity, Only in the 1990s [1] did researchers begin to envisage a potential connection between physical space and its influence on creativity. It must be stated, though, that a hypothesized correlation between these two has not yet been systematically explored and experimentally tested. Until now, the actual design of the space of the workplace has not systematically incorporated particular relationships between its object components in terms of enhancing creativity. To bridge this gap in research, this study proposes to focus on the object components in physical environments in order to stimulate the effectiveness of creativity. This imposes the overarching research question: How must we conceptualize space in order to identify, analyse and understand a direct object-creativity context?

Keywords: Spatial design concepts, creativity enhancement, product design and development


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