Ergonomics Study

The main entity of my "heart rate" section of the design relies heavily on the success of the Community garden. It determines the flow of the site, the circulation, community interaction, and essentially brings the site to life. My site is intended to strengthen community bonds, get people excited about being outside, working together, and getting healthy by raising their heart rates and getting active.

In order to create a successful space it has to work well with the human form. People avoid awkward spaces so it is a designer’s job to make sure people feel comfortable wherever they are. I began this study by determining the main demographics intended to use this space and decided on families from the community and school classes. That means the size of these garden spaces must work for adults and children and have enough variety to be different and exciting.

A drew a series of studied imagining the height of the planter and how it relates to the persons arm span and height and whether they’re standing or kneeling. These studies led to me determining the three must efficient heights would be 3', 1.5', and 1'. These heights accommodate all different sizes of people for different occasions. Children will be able to stand upright at a 1.5' planter box and adults will be able to kneel comfortable at that height. Children will be able to easily kneel at the 1' height and plant herbs and small plants, while adults can completely sit down and still feel comfortable.

Varying the heights in this fashion in the best way to accommodate everyone and create an exciting space.


After determining the correct height of the planters, it was essential to study how people would move around them if other community members were using the garden bed. A did a similar sketch analysis and used the size of my body and bodies of my peers to reach a conclusion. On average, when a person is kneeling down their legs extend behind them about 1 foot. This means, if people were kneeling at each garden bed and people wanted to walk through that space, there would need to be at least 2 additional feet extended to the walkway in order to accommodate the gardeners and the walkers. For that reason, I extended to previously 4' walkways to 6' walkways between the planting beds to accommodate people and their real life usage of the space.