Transregional Collaborative Research Center SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition Universität Bremen / Universität Freiburg
Spatial Cognition for Architectural Design SCAD 2011 Symposium Proceedings pages:23-40
SFB/TR 8 Report No. 029-08/2012
Spatial Cognition for Architectural Design location:New York date:16-19 November 2011
This paper aims to demonstrate the potential of disability to question prevailing ways of understanding and designing space in architecture. Drawing on a range of empirical material collected in studying how disabled people experience and understand the built environment, the paper points out how these people’s perspective may invite architects to understand and conceive space in novel ways. Examples include designing new spatial configurations, using building materials in unusual ways or expanding the notion of building materials, but also rethinking the design process by searching for and using novel design procedures and tools.