ARC 564– Behavior and Space (ID Technical Methods)

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Course No.: 24530

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2015 Fall

Location: Diefendorf – 5

Meeting Day(s): Thursday

Meeting Time: 10:00AM - 12:40PM

Faculty: Weidemann

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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. Healthcare  recipients can experience less stress and recover more quickly. Student learning in schools and classrooms can be enhanced; office workers can 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, inclusive, useful, and enriching places and spaces.

This course examines the many ways in which humans respond to (and often modify) both private and public space. It falls within the intellectual domain of Inclusive Design.

Human responses to the environment include behavioral, emotional, perceptual, and cognitive reactions. Issues such as privacy, safety, usability, way-finding, satisfaction, wellness, comfort, etc. will be examined in various environmental settings (e.g., residential, healthcare, educational, work, entertainment, etc.). Principles of inclusion will be a major consideration throughout.

Assigned readings, group presentations, and small project assignments will provide a general overview. The primary course product will be an individual one, in which students will develop a project of their own choice. They will explore a ‘setting’ of their choice, for specified types of people, focusing on a relevant set of ‘human response’ issues. (Note: Such a project might be useful as an exploration of a topic for those planning their thesis or special project work.)

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