The Study of Design Elements and User’s Behavior in Public Space: A Case Study of Pattaya Beach Road Public Space

This research aimed to investigate the user’s behavior of the public open space, a case study of Pattaya beachfront public space, Chonburi province, the second most visited city in Thailand, after Bangkok. By studying the characteristic of landscape design elements, activities and the surrounding context to analyze the relationship of the various factors that affecting the use of the area, to find out the design guidelines to improve the physical design of Pattaya beachfront public space which based on the behavior and needs of users. The Post-Occupancy Evaluation methods were used to collect and analyze data by observation, interview and review the literature. The observations are divided into two parts: the overall physical and usage character of the whole area, The second part is the user’s behavior in the space which was classified into 3 types, plazas, walkways and memorial place. Then analyze the current usage conditions of each area, positive&negative aspects and compare with the public open space design guidelines. The results showed that during the weekend at 04.00pm-06.00pm is the most active time of Pattaya beachfront public space. The users're both Thai and foreigner, intensively use in many kinds of recreational activity. The main application is the walkway between the north and south of Pattaya beach. And also be the space for recreations. The factors that promote the usage are the activities of the surroundings context Pattaya Bay and physical landscape design elements include: accessibility, the beautious scenery, daylight&shading, appropriate dimension of space, security and the natural atmosphere.



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Akharapon Thanyagaset, Faculty of Architecture – Silpakorn University, Thailand

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Conference: ACSEE2017
Stream: Environmental Sustainability & Environmental Management: Land Use & Misuse

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