Performative spaces must now be designed to evolve as rapidly as the needs of those that occupy them. This new publication provides detailed design strategies, case studies and the latest advances in the use of new technologies to illustrate the ways in which evidence can be integrated into the design process. Driven by enormous advances in ICT, the world is experiencing a period of unprecedented social change—one that has placed extraordinary demands on our built environments, and on our understanding about how they work for the people that actively occupy them. The impact of social interaction on our health and sense of wellbeing is now also recognised as a significant driver in the design of new environments and the need for ongoing research. Although the act of designing has always been—and always will be—a process of discovery, the question is: upon what do we base our speculation in an evolving social context? An evidence-based approach is not linear or static, nor does it provide a ready-made suite of answers, it simply means that we look beyond the limitations of our own knowledge for reliable information upon which to base our process.
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