A fuzzy AHP model for designing spatial relations in user perspective

Asena Kumsal, Şen Bayram, Sinan Mert Şener
1. Background Hospitals are process-driven buildings: Their design depends foremost on the planned work processes that enable them to operate day and night, 365 days a year. Therefore, the process model of such a building constrains the architectural design, which must evolve in close cooperation between process planners and architects. However, such static process descriptions lack the Abstract: Todays ever-changing information and value systems, make custamization and user become more
more » ... t day by day. These changes are in a direct relationship with design, therefore with architecture. Since user centred design is becoming more important in architecture, the traditional design processes become inefficient. This research aims to make a model that meets these new needs of users and architectural design. The first part of the paper describes the methodological and theoretical base of the model. These foundations are drawn from the theory of Fuzzy AHP which is a method used by engineers mostly. This research will use this method to show if a parametric method that is used by engineers can be applied to a non parametric field like user centred architecture. The ability of this method, which is changing non-parametric values into parametric values, has vital importance to architecture, where qualitative values should be used with and quantative values. User needs will be turned into numeric values by help of this method during the research. Hospitals are one of the most relevent places with user satisfaction. Today healing hospital concept become more and more important, so hospitals are good typologies to make this research over. Hospitals are the places where time, and distances have vital importance. Therefore considering way finding not only in paths but also in spatial connections become a major.