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Usefulness as key parameter in assessing accessibility and usability in architecture
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Architectural Design. Statens Byggeforskningsinstitut, SBi, Aalborg Universitet. (Arc Plan Research group)
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the 6th Annual Architectural Research Symposium in Finland 2014: Designing and planning the built environment for human well-being / [ed] Herneoja, A. & ATUT2014 Organizing Committee, Oulu: , 2014, 1-21 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In national building codes, like the Danish and the Swedish ones, accessibility and usability are subjected to an open interpretation on a comprehensive level, supplemented by specified requirements on a detailed level. The aim of the pre­sent study is to position the twin concept with regard to its everyday understanding, and thereby suggest a definition. The study has been executed as a case study among a cohort of 370 experienced Danish professionals. The research material was assembled by use of mini-questionnaires. Conclusions derived from this material were synthesized with the respondents’ suggestions of exemplary models, which allegedly displayed an appropriate level of accessible and usable architecture and built environment. Based on the every­day understanding of the twin concept and paired with analyses of some exemplary models, this study suggests that accessibility and usability with respect to the user can be seen as constituents of buildings’ overall performative capacity. This capacity can be defined as usefulness, the potential sum of various adjustments of an accessible and usable nature. Ultimately, usefulness refers to the individual user’s level of independent usages of the particular architectural space.

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Oulu: , 2014. 1-21 p.
, ATUT2014, ISSN 0357-8704
Keyword [en]
accessibility, usability, architecture, building code
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Architectural Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158244OAI: diva2:775830
6th Annual Architectural Research Symposium in Finland 2014

QC 20150203

Available from: 2015-01-05 Created: 2015-01-05 Last updated: 2015-02-03Bibliographically approved

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