Before I began studying architecture, the word circulation meant very little to me, other than bringing to mind science classes spent learning about the movement of blood around the human body.
In architecture, the concept of circulation isn't so different - it refers to the way people, the blood of our buildings, move through space.
In particular, circulation routes are the pathways people take through and around buildings or urban places. Circulation is often thought of as the 'space between the spaces', having a connective function, but it can be much more than that. It is the concept that captures the experience of moving our bodies around a building, three-dimensionally and through time.
In this article, I will look at what circulation is, and how you can design for it - using the rules and breaking them too. I also touch on how architects represent circulation, often using diagrams, and how circulation relates to Building Code Requirements.