Defining Design Principles for Horizontal People Flow in Tall Buildings

Session: Track G: Sideways: Rethinking the Vertical City

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Camilla Rouffiange-Ahmad
Offering Manager, People Flow Planning and Consulting Services, KONE

Traditionally buildings are designed by combining people flow elements such as user routes, guidance, entry doors, security measures, stairs, elevators, and facilities, without necessarily knowing how they are going to work together once the building is in use. The smooth flow of people and goods in a building is dependent on how these elements, the building users and the functions of the building are linked. It is not only important that these aspects are considered at an early design phase; it’s also important for building owners and property managers that the building be sustainable and future-proof. This is relevant in tall buildings and in their connecting facilities and services.

The horizontal and vertical people flows need to be examined simultaneously, since a poor design choice in one place can hinder flow in another place. Simulating people flow in the whole building can be used to evaluate the design with respect to established design criteria for pedestrian traffic and vertical transportation. However, people flow simulation of a building can produce other data points for which design criteria don’t exist. This presentation demonstrates established methods to analyze horizontal data, based on combining existing design criteria with applicable experience from numerous projects.