Inclusive Design empowers the people who use products, buildings and communities by taking their perspective and making it the central focus of the design process. Rooted in a critique of designer-centric practice and embracing an ethic of social responsibility, this new paradigm focuses on developing form from function to increase the usefulness and responsiveness of our physical world for a wider and more diverse range of people.
Students selected a group of individuals currently excluded from the environment and prepared a literature review using peer-reviewed resources on the design issues that might have been related to this group. Students then conducted a focused interview with a person currently excluded from the environment (identified in Part I.) Based on the interview, students identified a design need and developed a preliminary schematic plan and/or design proposal.
Jordana Maisel, Adjunct Assistant Professor