Beatrix Emo Nax: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2019

Name Dr. Beatrix Emo Nax
Name variantsBeatrix Emo
Chair of Cognitive Science
ETH Zürich, RZ E 22.2
Clausiusstrasse 59
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 58 91
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences

851-0252-08LEvidence-Based Design: Methods and Tools For Evaluating Architectural Design Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 40

Particularly suitable for students of D-ARCH
3 credits2SB. Emo Nax, M. Gath Morad, C. Hölscher
AbstractStudents are taught a variety of analytic techniques that can be used to evaluate architectural design. The concept of evidence-based design is introduced, and complemented with theoretical background on space syntax and spatial cognition. This is a project-oriented course, students implement a range of methods on a sample project. The course is tailored for architecture design students.
ObjectiveThe course aims to teach students how to evaluate a design project from the perspective of the end user. The concept of evidence-based design is introduced through a series of case studies. Students are given a theoretical background in space syntax and spatial cognition, with a view to applying this knowledge during the design process. The course covers a range of methods including visibility analysis, network analysis, conducting real-world observations, and virtual reality for architectural design. Students apply these methods to a case study of their choice, which can be at building or urban scale. For students taking a B-ARCH or M-ARCH degree, this can be a completed or ongoing design studio project. The course gives students the chance to implement the methods iteratively and explore how best to address the needs of the eventual end-user during the design process.

The course is tailored for students studying for B-ARCH and M-ARCH degrees. As an alternative to obtaining D-GESS credit, architecture students can obtain course credit in "Vertiefungsfach" or "Wahlfach".
851-0252-60LInformal Learning Spaces Restricted registration - show details
Workshop for non-architects. Architects register for a "Vertiefungsarbeit” at the Chair of Momoyo Kaijima.

Number of participants limited to 10.

Application: Please apply until August 31, 2019, by sending an email to Link with a motivation letter (1 page)
3 credits5SB. Emo Nax, M. Kaijima
AbstractThis course is for D-ARCH students taking the Informal Learning Spaces Design Studio. Students develop their studio project to gain a better understanding of how users behave in that space. Supported by a theoretical foundation in spatial cognition, students observe, analyse and document how their case study is used by others.
ObjectiveThe aim of the seminar is for students to engage with what makes a good learning space. Students develop the intervention proposed in the design studio. By observing and documenting how other students interact with their interventions, students will be able to answer questions about what makes a good learning space for ETH students.
ContentWhat makes a good learning space? How does this differ for students from different disciplines? This interdisciplinary seminar addresses the design of learning spaces by combining methods from architecture and psychology.

Students are taught formal methods of behavioural observation so that they can observe and analyse how their intervention is used by others (students, faculty, visitors) over time. By collecting behavioural data on how their intervention is used, students will be able to assess the impact of their design on other users. The seminar encourages students to critically reflect on what elements are necessary for designing the learning spaces of the future.
Prerequisites / NoticeAccess to the course is restricted to D-ARCH students of the Informal Learning Spaces Design Studio.