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Activity space definitions

December 2, 2006

From: Supporting User-defined Activity Spaces
Weigang Wang and Jorg Haake 1997
112-123

Activity spaces are usually task-specific and only common to a group of people who work together in a certain application domain. It is desirable to enable users to define and modify activity spaces according to their needs. However, many users are unable to use a pre-defined activity space correctly, or incapable of formally defining an activity space.

http://www.ipsi.fraunhofer.de/~publications/concert/1997/ht97whf.pdf

From Rai et. al (2006).
Capturing human activity spaces: New geometries

Activity space, defined as “the local areas within which people move or travel during the course of their daily activities”, is a measure of individual’s spatial behaviour which captures individual and environmental differences and offers an alternative approach to studying the spatial reach of travellers. The shape and area of the activity space is a product of how it is conceptualized and measured.

http://e-collection.ethbib.ethz.ch/ecol-pool/incoll/incoll_1097.pdf

From
Activity objects in CAD-programs for building design. A prototype program implementation
Anders Ekholm
Published in: de Vries B., van Leeuwen J. and Achten H. (2001) Computer Aided Design Futures 2001 Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, July 8-11, 2001. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht/Boston/London

The organisations of modern society are complex sociotechnical systems organised in functional units composed of human individuals and equipment, including tools and machinery. An organisation has a spatial extension traditionally called activity space. The activity spaces are of different scale from the smallest, defined by the human body, tools and materials, to the space determined by the organisation as a whole.

http://www.caad.lth.se/research/pdf/Ekholm_CAADf_01.pdf

From: Human-Computer Interaction
2001, Vol. 16, No. 2, 3 & 4, Pages 305-322
(doi:10.1207/S15327051HCI16234_12)
The Context of Work
David Kirsh

An activity landscape is part mental construct and part physical; it is the space users interactively construct out of the resources they find when trying to accomplish a task.

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3 comments

  1. What characterises activity-spaces?
    They are task-specific
    They are individual or collaborative
    They involve physical subjects, tools, materials and artifacts
    They are mental constructs of subjects
    They are interactively constructed when trying to accomplish the task


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