year 12, Issue 32 (12-2022)                   mmi 2022, 12(32): 19-34 | Back to browse issues page


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1- Art University of Isfahan , s.karamati@aui.ac.ir
2- Art University of Isfahan
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In recent decades, due to changes in learning methods and technological advancements, the role of public spaces on campus has taken on greater significance. Therefore, rethinking the architecture of these spaces while considering students’ experiences and needs has become imperative. With this insight, this paper aims to enhance student satisfaction by examining their preferences and needs concerning campus public spaces. Through a field study conducted at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Art University of Isfahan, data were gathered using a qualitative survey and by installing posters in four public spaces within the faculty. This approach allowed students to express their opinions, preferences, and ideas. Posters remained in specified locations for six days, culminating in the collection of 248 comments about the spaces. The data analysis was qualitative and employed constant comparative analysis coding. From the data, student preferences for public spaces on campus can be classified into two distinct categories: physical characteristics and activity-related characteristics. Furthermore, the library emphasizes a functional aspect, which refers to students’ library access hours. According to the analysis of student perspectives, the physical aspect of the space demonstrates their desire for suitable landscape and furniture design, environmental comfort, and support areas in campus public spaces. Our findings regarding the activity dimension indicate that students value the environment’s capacity to support a variety of individual and collective activities. These activities include solitude, interaction, academic engagement, recreation, and individual or group study in public spaces on campus. Moreover, the analysis demonstrates that the importance of these activities varies according to the four study areas mentioned previously.
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