Ergonomics and Architecture (01-25-21)

Eilouti presents a system for integrating ergonomics concepts into place-design decisions that reflects many existing best practices:  “The process of the ergonomics-driven design includes the following steps:

1.     Study and analyze the physical, psychological, and social needs for each expected user.

2.     Design each space in the functional program according to its user’s needs.

3.     Cluster the individual spaces into zones according to their functional requirements and occupants’ interactions.

4.     Based on the initial zoning, model the layout internally into interrelated spaces and externally into balanced and responsive forms.

5.     Redesign the enclosure between the generated masses to produce usable exterior spaces.

6.     Refine the exterior spaces to complement the building with pleasant outdoor areas.

7.     Design the building, its external envelop and landscape, as a context-sensitive entity to fit its urban fabric.

8.     Although the sustainable and environmental considerations require addressing from the start of this process, they can be refined and ensured at this stage. This cycle may be repeated as needed.”

Buthayna Eilouti.  “A Framework for Integrating Ergonomics Into Architectural Design.”  Ergonomics in Design, in press