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 well-being is now also recognized 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 this 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.
This approach is now critical for the design, production and operation of urban, work, retail, health, learning, transport, aged care and cultural spaces—anyplace where the built environment can have a real and significant impact on an occupant’s experience and performance.
The aim of EBD is to create a bridge between research and design practice, augmenting the existing knowledge of organizations, communities, architects and urban planners, their clients and end users, with available evidence about the ways in which people interact with the new and complex environments that we now occupy. Predictable, or not, reliable information about anthropospatial behaviour can inspire new thoughts and ideas.
At EBD, our ambition is to refocus architectural thinking on the person and refine the concept of what data might be. A single story can be data and, in sufficient quantity, that data can become evidence. The problem for design professionals is that such evidence is not readily available outside of the realm of academia, and it is not often gathered with the act of design in mind—it requires filtering and interpretation—and that is where EBD comes in.
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