ARC 211 HYBR– American Diversity & Design

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Course No.: 15234

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2013 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 148

Meeting Day(s): Thursday

Meeting Time: 3:30PM - 4:50PM

Faculty: Tauke

Faculty: Tauke


The Diversity and Design course focuses on the relationship of design to the changing nature of our society in the U.S. It examines the history and diversity of cultural experiences and their attendant design issues. Specifically, the course concentrates on the ways in which our physical and media environments affect various populations in the U.S. and, in turn, the ways these populations have affected our environments. It introduces students to eight issues of diversity: race, ethnicity, gender, class, age, physical characteristics, cognitive characteristics, and religion. Writings, films, products, graphics, electronic media, buildings and environments by and about diverse individuals and groups are examined. The history of our diverse physical and media environments are analyzed using theories and principles related to inclusive design.


to introduce the various design disciplines and their history, specifically in (but not limited to) the U.S.
to raise awareness of the impact of design decisions on diverse populations throughout U.S. history
to raise awareness of the specific desires and needs of various U.S. populations
to build a vocabulary that demonstrates an understanding of diversity in relation
to various design methods
to analyze specific aspects of physical and visual environments keeping in mind the needs of diverse groups
to critically examine design practices in the U.S.
to use the course topics to refine critical thinking skills
to develop design processes and proposals for inclusive environments