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Design Intervention (Routledge Revivals)

Toward a More Humane Architecture, 1st Edition

Edited by Wolfgang F. E. Preiser, Jacqueline Vischer, Edward White


374 pages

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Design Intervention: Toward a More Humane Architecture, first published in 1991, intends to demonstrate that interest in social issues is alive and well in architecture, that there is a small but effective cadre of dedicated professionals who continue to commit themselves to solving social problems, and that architecture is being applied to the alleviation of the social ills of our time.

The editors and contributors in this book have all grappled with their own definitions of design innovation, and express in practical and useful ways their ideas for contributing to a better and less needy world through the architecture they describe.

This book will be of interest to students of architecture.

Table of Contents

Preface; Contributors; An Introduction to Design Intervention: A Manifesto for the Future of Environmental Design; Part 1: Housing Design and Social Change; 1. Housing the Single-parent Family 2. Brookview House: A Home for Mothers and Children 3. Housing Pregnant Women in Conflict with the Law: A Massachusetts Model and Miracle 4. Design for the Homeless 5. High-rise Rehabilitation for the Elderly: The Case of the Pink Palace 6. NOFIM: The Beautiful Vision of a Retirement Community in Israel 7. The Best of Design for the Elderly; Part 2: Designing for Persons with Disabilities; 8. Accessible Environments: Toward Universal Design 9. The Westside Ambulatory Care Centre in Chicago 10. A Multiple Sclerosis Center Program and Post-occupancy Evaluation 11. Group Homes and Groups of Homes: Alternative Housing Concepts and Their Application to Elderly People with Dementia in Sweden 12. Design for Dementia 13. Familiar Design Helps Dementia Patients Cope 14. The Difficult Dimension of Accessible Design: Confronting the Family; Part 3: Design Innovation; 15. Organic Design in the Netherlands: Case Study of an Innovative Office Building 16. Design Innovations in Office Environments 17. Innovation in the Design of the Working Environment: A Case Study 18. Design Innovation and the Challenge of Change; Epilogue: Summing Up Opinions on Architecture and Social Change; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / General