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Human and Socio-Cultural Factors in Design (ARCH114)

A survey of relations between the human being as the primary determinant in shaping the built environment, social functions, cultural factors and architectural design. Introducing ergonomics and anthropometrics: Human scale, dimensions and activities of th e human being and association of these factors with design. Key issue of social and cultural life: interaction between individuals from various user groups in reference to private, public, semi-private and semi-public spaces at home, school or workplace; in and around other buildings; and urban spaces. Culture and human behavior: Cultural differences in human interaction based on a complex set of hierarchies, social n orms, behavior, translated into the design solutions. Examining the implication of social matters in various settings and their relationship with the place via case studies. Emphasis on creating an awareness of designing and articulating spaces with human factors as reference.

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