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Title: “Design for All” manual: from users’ needs to inclusive design strategies
Authors: Mosca, Erica
Herssens, Jasmien
Rebecchi, Andrea
Froyen, Hubert
Capolongo, Stefano
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Bagnara, Sebastiano; Tartaglia, Riccardo; Albolino, Sara; Alexander, Thomas; Fujita, Yushi (Ed.). Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018): Volume IV: Organizational Design and Management (ODAM), Professional Affairs, Forensic, Springer, p. 1724-1734
Series/Report: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Series/Report no.: 824
Abstract: Design for All (DfA) has been considered as a fundamental and innovative strategy to design inclusive spaces for a diversity of people’s needs and wishes. However, there is still a gap between theory and practice in this dis-cipline. Therefore, tools that support designers to implement DfA through a descriptive approach in architectural practice are necessary. The paper discusses the research development of a manual to inspire archi-tects in the application of DfA strategy. The manual’s development is based on four main criteria for knowledge transfer, defined by a precedent litera-ture review: communicate, organize, understand and use. The outcome of the research is the definition and design for a DfA Manual on Public Spaces in terms of haptic experiences. The manual strives to trans-fer knowledge through a descriptive and performance based approach. For this reason, over design indications, the manual aims also to include an ex-tensive description of users’ needs, references to case studies and laws on accessibility, which inspire architects and support them to find the proper de-sign solution within their own project. In the manual sample developed, de-sign indications focus on haptic design, which studies the perception of the built environment through the body, referring to the sense of touch. Thus, the manual’s purpose is to create a DfA awareness for many archi-tects, designers and decision makers in their activities. Therefore, starting from the basic application of prescriptive laws, the manual should be used as a support tool during the design process to design inclusive spaces for all us-ers.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/27246
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-96071-5_177
ISBN: 9783319960791
ISSN: 2194-5357
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
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