“The Two A’s” – Ambulation and Atmosphere
To further an academic understanding of the intuitive relationship between humans and architecture, a categorical listing of elements needs to be documented. Human experience with the built environment can thus be divided into two main categories: Ambulation (movement) and Atmosphere (mood).
Ambulation is the quality of architecture to inform our movement into, throughout, around, and finally out from a structure. The sub-elements of interaction include circulation and sequence.
Atmosphere is the quality of the spaces created by the architecture that elicits innate emotional responses from a building’s user in the form of mood, such as: comfort, alienation, claustrophobia, and elation. Atmosphere is what causes us to pause or evacuate, and it informs our levels of productivity and distraction.
By dividing our relationship with the built product into these two categories, it will thus be possible to evaluate a building’s performance under such criteria.