Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 6. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: G2 (First Cycle). Main field: Architecture. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: A4. Course coordinator: Elisabeth Dalholm Hornyánszky,, Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology. Recommended prerequisits: Completion of 3rd year architectural studies. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 10. The number of participants is limited to 30 Assessment: For a passing grade the student must attend at least 80% of all lectures, seminars and study tours. Participate actively in lectures and seminars. Read the assigned articles or chapters before the relevant lecture or seminar complete the exercises in an acceptable manner. Read a text and present it in a seminar. Further information: The course can be offered in English, entirely or in part. Home page:

The course aims to inspire and convey knowledge on how city settings, buildings and artefacts can be designed to function well and be aesthetically appealing for all, including those with disabilities. By means of good examples, the students will be inspired to develop creative solutions for future built environments in which the needs of different user groups are met. They will be equipped to meet the challenges presented by more stringent accessibility legislation for public spaces.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course includes presentations by people with disabilities who describe the conditions under which they live and work, the drawbacks and the possibilities. Knowledge about legislation and regulations will be provided by people working professionally in disability organizations and the responsible authorities. Architects and planners will present projects in which the demands of different user groups have been implemented in a good manner.

The course comprises several exercises in which the participants acquaint themselves with real settings and propose improvements in public spaces, for example. The exercises will help the students realize the impact “universal design” or “design for all” concepts have on the design of buildings and urban spaces and will also increase their interest in and commitment to accessibility issues. The aim is that people, apart from their physical or mental abilities, should be able to carry out their every day activities without limitations in the built environment. Students will also collect good examples to make use of in their future careers.

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Boverket (2005). Enklare utan hinder.
Christophersen, Jon (2002). Universal design. 17 ways of thinking and teaching
Dischinger, Marta (2000). Designing for all senses. Accessible spaces for visually impaired citizens
Grip, Lars (2002) Öppet för allla. 12 muséer i Norden.
Jansson, Emma (2003). Att planera en god miljö för synskadade.
Jönsson, Bodil et al (2006). Design Side by Side.
Lidmar, Karin (2002). Tillgänglighetens estetik.
Månsson, Karin (1999). Bygg för alla
Nordiska handikappolitiska rådet (1999). Design för alla
Paulsson, Jan & Sundberg, Sylvia (2001). Seniorboende i Sverige. Idéer, erfarenheter och framtidsperspektiv. En kunskapsöversikt.
Paulsson, Jan (2002). Det nya äldreboendet
Siré, Elena: Varsam tillgänglighet vid ändring av byggnader och byggd miljö
Svensk, A. (2001). Design for cognitive assistance. Lic. Thesis, Certec Nr 1:2001 Svensson, Elisabet (2000). Museer för alla i Norden. Om tillgänglighet för människor med funktionshinder
Svensson, Elisabet (2001). Bygg ikapp handikapp. Att bygga för ökad tillgänglighet och användbarhet för personer med funktionshinder