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Inclusive Design

Implementation and Evaluation, 1st Edition

By Jordana L. Maisel, Edward Steinfeld, Megan Basnak, Korydon Smith, M. Beth Tauke


142 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

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As part of the PocketArchitecture Series, this volume focuses on inclusive design and its allied fields—ergonomics, accessibility, and participatory design. This book aims for the direct application of inclusive design concepts and technical information into architectural and interior design practices, construction, facilities management, and property development. A central goal is to illustrate the aesthetic, experiential, qualitative, and economic consequences of design decisions and methods. The book is intended to be a ‘first-source’ reference—at the desk or in the field—for design professionals, contractors and builders, developers, and building owners.

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Preface. Authors’ Preface: Practicing Inclusive Design. An Introduction to Inclusive Design. 1. Pre-Design. 2. Design. 3. Construction. 4. Occupancy. Index.

About the Authors

Jordana L. Maisel is Director of Research Activities at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access and an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo, USA. Her primary research focuses on advancing universal design and investigating the relationship between health outcomes and the built environment. Maisel is co-author of Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (2012) and co-editor of Accessible Public Transportation: Designing Service for Riders with Disabilities (Routledge, 2017). She holds a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Master of Urban Planning degree.

Edward Steinfeld is a Distinguished SUNY Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, USA. He is a registered architect, with special interests in universal design, accessibility, and design for the lifespan. Steinfeld founded and still directs the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access. He has been the Principal Investigator for four cycles of a federally funded center of excellence on universal design and the built environment and co-directs another on accessible public transportation. He received his Masters and Doctorate in Architecture at the University of Michigan, USA.

Megan Basnak is an Architectural Design and Research Associate at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, where her research interests include investigating architectural practice that aids underserved populations, the impact of universal design on different user groups, and universal design education in the U.S. and abroad. She has also co-authored several publications including a book chapter in Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences (Routledge, 2015) and has presented at several conferences in the United States and internationally. She holds a Master of Architecture degree.

Korydon Smith is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, USA, where he conducts research on design for diversity, health, and social justice. Smith is the author/editor of numerous books, including co-editorship of Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences (Routledge, 2015) and editor of Introducing Architectural Theory: Debating a Discipline (Routledge: 2012). Smith holds an EdD in Higher Education Leadership as well as a professional Master of Architecture degree.

M. Beth Tauke is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, USA, where she teaches courses on design, diversity, and the human body/architecture relationship. Her research focuses on design education and inclusive design, especially the empowerment of underrepresented groups through design. She is co-editor of Universal Design: New York (NYC Mayor’s Office, 2001) and Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences (Routledge, 2015).

About the Series


Technical Design Series

The design and construction of buildings and facilities is no small feat. It requires a great deal of technical knowhow. Building professionals utilize ‘rules of thumb’ to make many of these technical decisions, much of which is unwritten based on traditional approaches of adherence to cultural codes of practice and building regulations. Students and professionals in architecture, engineering and construction have little scientific or fundamental physics as a basis for these decisions. This lack of technical understanding and access to need-to-know information inevitably leads to inappropriate technical design decisions.

PocketArchitecture:Technical Design Series is intended to fill this void. It comprises succinct, easy to use, topic-based volumes that collate in one place unbiased, need-to-know technical information about a particular subject area.  This series demystifies the scientific basis for technical design solutions, illustrating how fundamental scientific theory has been used to develop both traditional and innovative construction techniques and practices.

Books within the PocketArchitecture:Technical Design Series each provide a ‘fundamentals’ section in which the underlying scientific theory relating to the topic is presented and an ‘applications’ section that describes how the scientific theory has been applied to technical design solutions. The highly illustrated ‘applications’ section explains the scientific basis for common technical design ‘rules of thumb’, for traditional and innovative construction practices and for relevant codes of practice and building regulations and comprises the majority of each volume.

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