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|Title: ||“Design for All” manual: from users’ needs to inclusive design strategies|
|Authors: ||Mosca, Erica|
|Issue Date: ||2019|
|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.|
|Type: ||Proceedings Paper|
|Appears in Collections: ||Research publications|
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