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Theme

The disconnection of human interaction with the built environment in cities can lead to remote and isolated communities. For centuries, cities have evolved in many ways, ranging from suburban sprawls in developed countries to rural exoduses in developing nations. Irrespective of the nature of the urban issue, a commonly observed problem is the negligence of small, sensitive issues closer to human existence, like human behavior. Recently, urban growth has focused on problems of economic position at a global level that have given rise to Saskia Sassen’s translational man and Simmel’s individualistic metropolis man. But this can be addressed by improving the performance of the built environments. Human behavior and performance of the built environment contribute to social, cultural, economic, and health aspects of livable communities and sustainable cities. 

Built environments are created without much consideration to how it will affect human users. Although standards and policies exist for built environment design, not all of them tend to have a humanistic approach. How do we help to enhance these standards toward a human-centered design? Moreover, human behavior in the built environment is a complex phenomenon; highly subjective and difficult to generalize. We would like to question whether the traditional methods are enough, or do they limit our research? What are the possibilities of big data approach methods in human behavioral research? We know that human behavior is a key determinant to high performance of buildings. What simulation methods exist to predict human behavior and, hence, improve the building performance? Would simulation encompass all the complexities of human behavior and built environment performance? How do different components of building design (i.e., building envelopes, materials, and structures) and urban fabric (i.e., buildings, streets, and public spaces) come together to address human behavior and performance of the built environment?

We seek to gather answers to similar questions and many more through the 2020 International Graduate Student Symposium in its 5th consecutive year, organized by the Doctoral students at College of Architecture, IIT.  The conference ideates to bring together researchers and professionals to brainstorm to address the problems related to human behavior and performance of the built environments.

Selected full papers are published in Prometheus Issue 05, the journal of the PhD program in Architecture at IIT. Authors of accepted extended abstracts were invited to present their papers at the symposium.

Steering Committee

Michelangelo Sabatino
Director of PhD Program
Yohan Kim
PhD Candidate
Symposium Co-organiser
Alejandro Saldana Perales
PhD Program
Administrative Assistant
Zahida Khan
PhD Candidate
Symposium Co-organiser
Piyush Khairnar
PhD Candidate

Scientific Committee

Associate Professor

College of Architecture

Texas A&M University

Koichiro Aitani

Emeritus Professor

Editor of Environment and Planning

University College London

Michael Batty

Associate Professor

School of Architecture

University of Southern California

Joon-Ho Choi

Architect and Lecturer

Technical University of Munich

Ata Chokhachian

Lecturer

Armour College of Engineering

Illinois Institute of Technology

Edoarda Corradi

Dell' Acqua

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

Illinois Institute of Technology

Nicole Ditchman

Visiting Assistant Professor

College of Architecture

Illinois Institute of Technology

Peng Du

Assistant Professor

Armour College of Engineering

Illinois Institute of Technology

Mohammad Heidarinejad

Associate Professor

Department of Architecture

University of Washington

Mehlika Inanici

Director of PhD Program

College of Architecture

Illinois Institute of Technology

Michelangelo Sabatino

Professor of Sociology

Lewis College of Human Sciences

Illinois Institute of Technology

Ullica Segerstrale

Associate Professor

Armour College of Engineering

Illinois Institute of Technology

Brent Stephens

Dean

Faculty of Architecture

Karlruhe Institute of Technology

Andreas Wagner

Assistant Professor

School of Architecture

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagnne

Yun Kyu Yi