Assessing Space Utilization Through Parametrics
    Matthew Dunham

    Maybe it is just my association and thought process but it correlates to when objects are grouped in AutoCAD, Illustrator/InDesign  or Revit, and then scale the entire grouping. Some things remain intact while other objects become more/less clustered or otherwise skewed. This is the first thing that I relate the most recent post by Hoefler, where each “circles represent an area of use”. Graphically it is a nice presentation of parametrics and the association to highly populous  areas and commercial uses. As the circles are markers for use: what dictates the circles diameter and what graphical presentation could allow the viewer [us] know what each circle represents (differences between retail and restaurants). I would predict a scenario in which this would be beneficial would be to track the foot-traffic or maximum-occupancy of the the community retail, restaurant and business epicenters. As the population and foot-traffic continues to increase or decrease the circles would mirror this data. If the circles are large then the maximum capacity is being stretched and likely outgrown their zones/sector/square-footage or on the other hand under utilized the space [circle]. I would assume this could be a beneficial computational data system which could be for malls to assess retail space and those tenants which are utilizing the square footage they have rented or under utilizing it, then management could re-arrange tenants to better utilize space based off of the parametric equations and data entered.

    Image Credit: International Business times.  Article: “Mall of the World in Dubai will be a 48 Million Square Foot, Climate-Controlled Indoor ‘Pedestrian City“.

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