Posted by Donald on October 28, 2003 at 09:27:28:
In Reply to: Re: Built Environment and Sensory/Cognitive Impairment posted by Harry Pasternak on October 28, 2003 at 08:38:56:
The Sensory/Cognitive Impairment handicap design standards and issues to address is a relatively new area for the design of the built environment, and it may be difficult to find such books in any great amount of detail at this point in time, but some do touch on the topic in general.
The Art of Architecture doesn't necessarily need to rely any "Scientific Research" as you so often mention in this forum. There are numerous case studies and physical prescedents that lead us through the science lab of design thought, some in theory, but most in real live case studies. These findings and results may not be recorded in the scholarly thesis format you may be referring to and looking for, but they are there as a handy reference in the way of Building Code Books, Graphic Standards, Handicap Standards ( and is always being updated, since it is rather new to at least the USA standards for the built environment), Life Safety Standards and many others.
As for your statement about "architects haven't the foggiest idea about design for people", you may be onto something that has more to do with your personal deeper inner feelings or about building design through the physchological study of man and that is really studied as a result of real practice of architectural design. You are correct in stating that there are "Lots of Theories and Projects", and that is exactly what has made where we are today.
Read Bill Pena's book on Problem Seeking and you may get another understanding on how to Define the Problem BEFORE seeking the Design Solution in a nonscientific way. Its fundamental Program Formula based on Goals, Facts, Concepts and Needs of the users. Its only then after the programming is completed, when the architect begins actual design, and thats when the architect as an atrist alternates with his or her OBJECTIVE judgement as an engineer or scientist.
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