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This course presents a formal process for establishing the scope of a project and determining the performance requirements that a design must achieve. It explores the role of programming in bringing essential information about the way people use and respond to their environments to bear upon design decision making. The course introduces basic concepts of environmental design research, including methods for surveying users and evaluating settings. It explores issues around communicating program information to designers, translating performance criteria into design, and promoting user participation in programming and design decision making. Included in the course is an introduction to code analysis, including the purpose and most important requirements of the Massachusetts State Building Code and the Architectural Access Board Regulations for new and existing buildings. Course lectures and class participation in the form of student researched code topics and class presentations will provide a strong base of knowledge for future code investigations. The instructor will provide practical guidance on how to deal with building inspectors and how to make sure serious code problems are identified and resolved before construction drawings are complete.
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