ARC 211- ARC 211 - American Diversity and Design

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Course Details

Course No.: 15550

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2015 Spring

Location: TBD – tbd

Meeting Day(s): Wednesday

Meeting Time: 6:00 - 8:40 pm


The Diversity and Design course focuses on the relationship of design to the changing nature of our society, examining the rich diversity of cultural experiences and its attendant environmental issues. Specifically, the course concentrates on the ways in which our physical and media environments affect various populations in the U.S. and, in turn, the ways these populations have affected our environments. It introduces students to eight issues of diversity: race, ethnicity, gender, class, age, physical ability/disability, mental ability/disability, and religion. Writings, films, products, graphics, electronic media, buildings and environments by and about diverse individuals and groups will be examined. In addition, through lectures, exercises, and projects, our diverse physical and media environments will be analyzed in terms of equitable use, flexibility in use, simple and intuitive use, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, and size and space for approach and use.