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Suitability of Eye Tracking in Assessing the Visual Perception of Architecture—A Case Study Concerning Selected Projects Located in Cologne

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College of Management and Quality Science Cracow, University of Economics, Kraków 31-510, Poland
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Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology, Kraków 30-084, Poland
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Buildings 2020, 10(2), 20; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10020020
Received: 23 December 2019 / Revised: 19 January 2020 / Accepted: 22 January 2020 / Published: 26 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Architecture and Engineering: the Challenges - Trends - Achievements)
This article discusses the visual perception of selected buildings located in the historic centre of Cologne, Germany, that have been designed by outstanding architects. It presents eye-tracking research, both from a theoretical perspective and that of its application potential in, among other fields, psychology, management, architecture and urban planning. It also presents an experiment which was performed to evaluate the suitability of eye tracking in the assessment of the visual perception of architecture and its surroundings, utilising the case study method and members of Generation Z as the subject population. Analysis of the experiment’s results enabled the authors to formulate commentary on findings concerning typically observed attractors and distractors in the perception of architecture and its surroundings depending on context-specific conditions. The study provided evidence of the suitability of eye tracking in the assessment of the visual perception of works of architecture and indicated the possibility of continuing research concerning the assessment and shaping of the state of awareness and knowledge of architecture and urban planning, which can significantly affect public participation in urban governance.
Keywords: eye tracking; visual perception; the architecture of Cologne; case study; application in architecture and management eye tracking; visual perception; the architecture of Cologne; case study; application in architecture and management
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Lisińska-Kuśnierz, M.; Krupa, M. Suitability of Eye Tracking in Assessing the Visual Perception of Architecture—A Case Study Concerning Selected Projects Located in Cologne. Buildings 2020, 10, 20.

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