ARC 564- Behavior and Space


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Course Details

Course No.: 19630

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2014 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 104

Meeting Day(s): Thursday

Meeting Time: 10:00AM - 12:50PM

Faculty: Weidemann

Architects and other designers/planners have a responsibility for being knowledgeable about how their designs affect the people who use them. When people’s needs are adequately addressed, there can be many positive results. Health care recipients can experience less stress and recover more quickly. Student learning in schools and classrooms can be enhanced; office workers may have higher levels of performance and job satisfaction (and fewer work related illnesses), etc. Thus, it is critical for you to learn how to design humane, useful, and enriching places and spaces.
This course examines the many ways in which humans respond to (and sometimes modify) both private and public space. It falls within the intellectual domain of Inclusive Design.
Human responses to the environment will include behavioral, emotional, perceptual, and cognitive reactions. Issues such as privacy, safety, usability, wayfinding, etc. will be examined in various environmental settings (e.g., residential, health, educational, work, entertainment, etc.). Principles of inclusion will be a major consideration throughout.
Assigned readings and small project assignments will provide a general overview. The primary course assignment will be an individual one, in which students will develop a project of their own choice. They will explore a ‘physical setting’(e.g., work, health, education, recreation, housing, etc.) of their choice, for specified sets of people, focusing on a relevant set of issues. (Note: Such a project might be useful for those planning their thesis or special project work.)