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A Case Study of adopting BIT-Kit: A Method Uncovering the Impact Buildings have on People.

In current architectural discourse there is a lack of method in building evidence to understand the link between buildings and the wellbeing, independence and mobility of the people who use them. In response to this knowledge gap, the Building Interactions Toolkit (BIT-Kit) supports the gathering of real-world interaction evidence within buildings. Composed of a mixed-methods approach, BIT-Kit evidence is generated by a fusion of interview, observation and building interaction data. This paper introduces the motivations behind BIT-Kit and evaluates it through a case study of way-finding task in a public building by persons with visual impairment. Findings illustrate novel evidence of human interaction with architectural elements (such as stairs, doors, building materials and toilets) that enable and disable building users. These findings define evidence to asses the impact of architecture on people.

McIntyre, L. 2014. A Case Study of adopting BIT-Kit: A Method Uncovering the Impact Buildings have on People. Ecobuild2014: Designing for Wellbeing. FMJ.co.uk Available Online http://www.fmj.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Lesley-McIntyre-BITKit-Building-4-Change.pdf
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