Yiran Chu

"Affordance in Space"

Section MS7, Helene Kazan

Keywords: design, body, health

Psychologist James Gibson defines ‘affordance’ as what the environment provides. In architectural theory, affordance can be used as a conceptual framework to understand the relationship between environments and occupants, especially with respect to form and function. In some settings, office staff or students, spend most of their time seated. According to medical research the long-term effects of sitting are detrimental to one’s health. My intention is using the theory of affordance is to change the traditional way of working. My response this problem uses various shapes and volumes that fit different body types. The shape of these volumes will give people the ability to stand, lean and recline as they work.