UD home: Architectural learning integration through social service project


  • ฤทธิรงค์ จุฑาพฤฒิกร คณะสถาปัตยกรรมศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยกรุงเทพ


UD home, participatory design, universal design, people with disabilities, integration


Disability Learning Center according to the King’s Initiative on Self-sufficiency Economy at Rayong province promotes self-employment and self-sustain for persons with disabilities. Although the requirement to be trained in agricultural farming of disabled people is high, this center has not been able to provide adequate accessible accommodations. With this challenge, the School of Architecture, Bangkok University volunteered to work with the center creating ‘Baan UD project’ to solve this problem. Objective of this project is to integrate social services with learning about architectural design. During this learning process, the project leads to exchange knowledge among various disciplines such as architecture, law and disability. The concept of architectural design and universal design are investigated since they directly involve with disabled people. Hence, participatory design concept is deployed to each stage of working and defines the research methods. Therefore, the collaboration from diverse experts is necessary. Apart from the instructors, each stage is evaluated by different agents, such as, people with disabilities, government representatives and contractors. All of these are benefit from problem-based learning. Architecture students learned from real users’ requirement and achieved their design lesson from hands-on experiences.



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