ARC 592 TUT- Special Topics: Design for the Body

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Course No.: 15395

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2015 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 205

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday

Meeting Time: 10:00 - 12:40

Faculty: Steinfeld

This course will provide an introduction to design for the human body. It will include consideration of physical, sensory, cognitive and emotional issues in design using an evidence based approach. It will introduce students to principles, practices and knowledge from research in ergonomics, psychology and the health sciences that can be applied to design for “body fit”.

Although designers do not usually develop the knowledge base for ergonomic design, they need to learn how to translate the knowledge generated by researchers into guidelines and design ideas so the course will focus on this “knowledge translation” activity.  Using a problem centered approach, nethods of knowledge translation will be taught through projects assigned by the instructor initially and culminating in a student generated project on a topic of personal interest. Student teams will learn how to identify relevant knowledge from research, interpret it, develop design guidelines and evaluate designs. The focus will be on features and products used in buildings that are critical for safety, accessibility, usability and health.