I went to the house I was moving to and made a contract with the owner of the house. The owner of the house was not the person who lived there, but the person who made the house and sold it. I got an explanation about the house from the owner of the house. A person who builds and sells villas, he was very meticulous. I benchmarked famous apartments and did my own research. What are you doing? It was exactly what the residents needed, so it was designed so that there would be no inconvenience from the residents' point of view.
I explained every little thing in the bathroom. Why did I do the bathroom ceiling like this, blah blah blah blah… .It is okay to just make a bathroom, but in order not to feel uncomfortable in people's lives, they spent more than 200 million won in unnecessary money. Doors are also usually made of sawdust with wood-patterned film, which is not good for the body. And over time, the film peels off. I didn't hear anything bad about it later, and for the health of the residents, it was expensive but made of wood.
I pulled the wire out in advance for the installation of a security company like Secom outside the window, but I was told to do it inside the window, not outside. It is said that thieves break the line even if it is outside. Because it takes about 15 minutes even if a security company arrives, they steal inside. And if you don't let them in, it's the psychology of people who want to break the line and come in. So the guy's solution was to put the guard sign outside the window, but keep the line outside, and put it between the windows so that the line isn't visible. If the line is not visible, the thief will be more anxious than if the line is outside. And he explained the reason for having three layers of windows. If you put several layers, you will feel the emotional burden when a thief enters and you will find an easier house. He usually has two windows, but he said that he spent more money for three. And, it also explains. blah blah… He discovered these things while building several houses.
Suddenly, I remembered Alexander who made the design pattern. So I brought the problem to the builder. “We have a family with parents and children, and the parents want to live in a different space from the children. But at the same time, how do we design the house so that the parents can go and look after their children at any time?” This is one of the design patterns created by Alexander. It was made in the 70's, and at that time, it seems that this was a common issue of the residents. I've seen this problem with a few people, but never with a real architect. That person did not give an answer. In fact, I think everyone knows the answer when they hear it. The answer is, "Make a room for the parents and the child, and put the two rooms close." nobody got it right But when he heard the answer, he was disappointed.
The builder listened seriously to my answer, not laughing at me. If you watch American movies, you see parents living on the first floor and children living on the second floor. This would be a similar solution. Everyone knows the answer, but it seems to have been an issue in the 1s, and it seems that each architect was concerned. These days, I see that people laugh at the fact that they don't realize that they didn't give an answer even though they can't answer the question that they do it all the time, or that they guess it when they hear it. But I saw this builder give a little thought about things that people take for granted these days. The builder said that as he built the house, he found out what people needed more and more and expanded them. And the new builders had to learn all these again. The builder did not appear to have studied architecture in college. It seems to have been done through observation and experience. In the field of urban architecture, the design patterns created by Alexander and the reuse of design patterns were felt again through the builder's explanation.
The builder said that as he builds the house, he designs the house to be more convenient for the people who live there, but the person who comes to buy the house doesn't know about his efforts and costs. Of course, it's impossible to believe everything because they're selling houses, but people say that they only look at the price of a house, but they don't see the convenience of it. People these days thought they would see how affordable a house was built, but not everyone seems to be. It would be nice to highlight this point as a selling point, but it doesn't seem to work.
As I saw that many of the lights in the living room didn't match the switches and confused the owner of the house who designed them while explaining the lights, it reminded me of the common issue of Norman's mapping again (when I go back to the house, I take a picture of it) I'll have to take a picture and upload it). And I saw that there were electrical outlets at eye level for air conditioning and outlets here and there. Rather than making a pig's nose on the wall, he said that it would be better to attach a lid with a wallpaper-like design and plug it in only when necessary, but the builder said that it would cost money to make the fingers into circles. To be honest, I don't think it would cost a few thousand won even if it costs a few thousand won for each lamp, but I thought maybe it was something I hadn't thought of. Another button, explaining the security system that works in multiple modes, said that it was made by Samsung and that it will work well once you get used to it. I thought that it would be difficult for me and Hyun-jun's mother to use it, seeing that one button operates in several modes, and also one button operates differently depending on the time. I'm sure a lot of people have this problem too, but I don't know why I can't see it being resolved.
There were many things that people should make useful and convenient for living in the house they live in. It seemed that there were still more unsolved problems that people face every time in their lives. I thought that doing ethnographic research on people who live in apartments or villas would come up with a way to design a house that is more convenient for people to live in. Of course, I don't know much about architecture, so maybe I'm already doing that.
Last week, a member of the Korean HCI Research Society boarded an airplane saying that I was the first person to write a paper on interaction design patterns in Korea. Then he asked me to review his master's thesis on interaction design patterns, and we talked in the evening. So I think he came up with the design pattern of architecture while looking at the house he is moving to.