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Title: Learning from practice: Post-Evaluation (POE) as a UD teaching tool at Sint-Lucas Architecture, Belgium
Authors: Dujardin, Marc
Issue Date: Apr-2011
Publisher: Helen Hamlyn Center for Design, Royal College of Art
Host Document: Include 2011 proceedings
Conference: Include 2011 edition:6th international conference on inclusive design location:London, UK date:18-20 April 2011
Article number: 461
Abstract: Post-Occupancy Evaluations are widely used to measure satisfaction with built environments. By means of a POE, fundamental questions can be answered, not only about the structure itself, but also about its underlying design processes. When combined with UD, as Shauna Corry argues in the UD Handbook, "POE and Universal Design are powerful tools in influencing the quality of the built environment. Individually, both can enhance the function and aesthetics of a building. Together, they can begin to provide environments that are supportive, safe, appealing and equal." This paper reports on how at Sint-Lucas Architecture in Belgium the POE serves as one of the cornerstones of the UD teaching programme. Through experience-based case studies, students prepare for a critical review of Belgian design projects that have recently been headline news in architectural magazines. By simulating a diversity of physical and mental disorders, the students develop the ability to appraise whether a designed environment tends to create or eliminate handicaps. In search of 'best practice' examples, the results of each POE are presented as multi-media output. Lively discussions then follow about the designer's conceptual understanding and attitudes. This is often a sobering experience of the socio-cultural consequences of architecture.
ISBN: 978-1-907342-2-29
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Campuses Sint-Lucas Brussels and Ghent
Department of Architecture - miscellaneous

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