Architecture, Physical Activity and a Capability Evaluative Framework: Satisfaction is Not Enough

Conference Paper

Project:

Active Building Design Research

Authors:

Dr Robyn Creagh, Dr Courtney Babb, Professor Sarah McGann, Professor Marian Tye

Published:

2016

Conference:

50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association

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Despite recognition that building design can contribute to human health by facilitating increased incidental physical activity, knowledge of how building design can enable this is underdeveloped. Further, there is evidence that design features introduced to support routine physical activity and improve occupant satisfaction may not necessarily lead to increases in actual physical activity. Evaluative frameworks encompassing a range of individual, organisational and built environment factors that contribute to shaping occupant behaviour may provide insight into how buildings can support greater levels of routine physical activity. This paper argues that capability theory can inform our understandings of the dynamic interrelationship between building design and building use. The paper describes the approach to develop a framework for capabilities-based evaluation of buildings and building occupant physical activity. Based on a capability perspective the intersection of building ‘domains’ and ‘functionings’ that influence occupant physical activity are considered; and how such evaluations could account for a range of occupants are questioned. The research is of relevance to those engaged in the production of architectural environments and evaluation tools that support physical activity—inclusive of building designers, procurers, managers and occupants.

How to cite:

Creagh. R., C. Babb, S. McGann, M. Tye. 2016. “Architecture, Physical Activity and a Capability Evaluative Framework: Satisfaction is Not Enough.” 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association. Adelaide, 7-9 December 2016.