People Flow: Desire Paths
A study of how people move through and interact with a multi-purposed space. An observational approach yields an understanding of natural movements in the space without intervening. Then, focusing on the unique pain points, i.e where congestion occurs, or it gets to loud to focus on your work.
We make categories for the different types of spaces based off of furniture type and noise level and go from there to the users of the spaces.
4. Work Bar
6. Back Seating
The third floor of the Gates Hillman Computer Science building at CMU has a cafe and many areas for students to work and collaborate with peers.
Since it is so welcoming of an environment, it attracts a large student and faculty body, and therefore it occasionally becomes cumbersome to move through the space easily: chairs in your way; crowds of people standing around seated, focused students. It can get a little cramped.
Eating Studying Relaxing
Students move and work through the space in these patterns depicted to the right. The arrow groupings show how a student may move through the space and not stay, and also how they may settle down in the environment.