Digital archiving of perceptual experiences of an architectural space with computer-aided methods

Nan Ching Tai, Li Wen Sung

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The importance of the preservation of historical heritage has been valued and emphasized, and efforts to achieve this have been continually made in many countries. Historical architecture is always in danger of being damaged or demolished by natural or man-made causes. Therefore, documenting heritage buildings with drawings and photos is important for archiving and preserving cultural heritage. Advances in digital imaging technologies such as photogrammetric modeling have enabled measurements of architectural heritage with high precision. However, the data archived for historical heritage still focuses on the physical properties of the architecture and less on the spatial perception of the visitor. The goal of this study is to develop a methodology to use technologies of digital photography to record the visual perception of an architectural scene that can invoke the perceptual memory of the heritage building. Hypotheses of frequency and maximal information were explored to identify the canonical perspective views of an architectural space. Behavioral mapping and a computer-aided method of Space Syntax were used to identify the canonical perspective views based on these two hypotheses. Perceptual studies were conducted, and the result revealed that the most frequently viewed scenes identified by behavioral mapping were most representative when subjects were asked to recall the architectural space. Meanwhile, computational analysis performed by Space Syntax can identify a location that is most frequently viewed and can view the most space. Possible methods to utilize technologies of digital photography to archive the perceptual experiences of an architectural space based on the viewpoint identified by the two approaches are proposed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-597
Number of pages13
JournalComputer-Aided Design and Applications
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 1

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Photography
Drawing (graphics)
Physical properties
Imaging techniques
Data storage equipment
Digital Imaging
Visual Perception
Cultural Heritage
Computational Analysis
Architecture
Experience
Physical property
Preservation
Methodology
Modeling
Syntax

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computational Mathematics

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Digital archiving of perceptual experiences of an architectural space with computer-aided methods. / Tai, Nan Ching; Sung, Li Wen.

In: Computer-Aided Design and Applications, Vol. 17, No. 3, 01.01.2020, p. 585-597.

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