PROPORTION AND FORM – Accessible Design Dimensions

Overall Dimensions for Adult Wheelchairs Architects must equally be familiar with the dimensions of those with special needs, specifically the constraints posed by wheelchair use. Design to accomodate wheelchairs and other special needs is increasingly the rule rather than the exeption, particulary as the concept of universal design gains more prominence. Universal design suggests making…

PROPORTION AND FORM

Since most architecture, even that designed for a large scale use (such as an airplane hanger or an elephant barn), requires some human interface, our own bodies serve as useful reference points for inhabiting space. Similarly, no matter how complicated structures may be, most are reducible to the point, line, or plane that evolved into…

Computer Guidelines and Standards – OTHER SYSTEMS

Virtually all architectural drafting is now done with the use of computers. Computer drafting, modeling, and renedering progams are taught extensively in schools of architecture, and where once the odd computer coursee was novel anomaly, the situation is now reversed: Hand drafting is taught, but often as thought it were Latin (a good language to…

Gare do Oriente Station

Gare do Oriente, or alternately, the Lisbon Oriente Stationis one of the main Portuguese intermodal transport hubs, and is situated in the civil parish of Parque das Nações, municipality of Lisbon. Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal and the Gare do Oriente Station. The station serves as a transportation hub for subways, taxis, buses, and community rails. It was designed by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava. The steel…