Title: Design Expertise as Disability
Other Titles: And vice versa
Authors: Heylighen, Ann ×
Devlieger, Patrick
Strickfaden, Megan #
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Chalmers University of Technology / Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst - School of Architecture Sint-Lucas
Host Document: Communicating (by) Design pages:227-235
Conference: Communicating (by) Design location:Brussels date:15-17 April 2009
Abstract: One characteristic of architects’ design expertise is their visual way of knowing and working. While this characteristic tends to be valued as a unique quality that distinguishes design from both the sciences and the humanities, in architecture it presents some limitations as well. The inherent bias towards vision in traditional representations and communication increases the distance between designers’ space and occupants’ space, and results in a disappearance of other sensorial qualities. In an attempt to expand designers’ expertise, this paper advances disability as a potential resource to complement their visual way of knowing and working and, ultimately, to restore consideration of multi-sensory qualities in architecture. In doing so, it calls in the notion of expertise as differentiation and the cultural model of disability.
ISBN: 9789081323802
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre
Department of Architecture - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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