How will we change in the next twenty, fifty, one hundred years? How will the design of our environments change in that same time? What are the ethical issues related to evolving the designed environment to adapt to the changing human body and changing populations? How will we make thoughtful design decisions under these circumstances? Because of technological advances and cultural shifts, the designed environment and the human body are transforming more rapidly today than at any time in history. We are living longer. We are more diverse. We are more digitally connected to our built environments, and, in turn, our built environments are more responsive to us. Our advancing genome editing technologies are revolutionizing the design of all living things by giving us the ability to delete and add traits with more precision than ever before. At the same time, there are fundamental principles grounded in our relationships to space, material, place and use that remain core to our existence, at least for now. This lecture will explore ways that the transformation of individuals and groups affects architecture and related disciplines, and vice versa. We will examine the possible implications of these changes, especially in relation to underrepresented populations.
Accessibility / ADA
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Objective 1:
Explain the roles of diversity in current design thinking and practice.
Learning Objective 2:
Identify factors that affect design decision making.
Learning Objective 3:
Predict consequences of design actions from multiple points of view.
Learning Objective 4:
Describe future design issues and challenges, particularly those affecting underrepresented populations
Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design