A Quantitative Investigation of the Factors Affecting Patterns of Occupation in a Suburban Campus: The Case of Ozyegin University in Istanbul

Ayse Ozbil Torun, Ozgur Gocer, Mujesira Bakovic, Kenan Gocer

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Abstract

This study investigates the patterns of occupation of outdoor spaces on a suburban university campus and seeks to understand the factors that affect them. The comprehensive methodology applied in this research attempted to overcome some of the shortcomings of related studies by conducting a longitudinal study (behavioral mapping during a year, as opposed to a few days) and by objectively analyzing the associations of user behavior and physical attributes, and the configurational properties of the campus layout. The results
show that campus users fail to capitalize on the potential offered by the spatial configuration of outdoor spaces because they are not supported by amenities for pedestrians such as seating, shading elements and catering facilities. Supporting campus outdoor spaces that have the configurational potential of bringing various types of users (students and staff) with amenities for pedestrians and
service facilities would create a lively and sustainable campus for its users.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)98-125
Number of pages27
JournalArchnet-IJAR
Volume12
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

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