Universal Design in School competitions


Leif Daniel Houck


E3. Universal access to education

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2014-06-18, 11:10 - 11:30


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The first part of the paper focuses on theory on design criteria in general and shows how architectural assessment criteria in design competitions evolve over time. The paper will show how the Universal Design criterion has been integrated into a more general expressed assessment criterion in Sweden(Cofaigh, 2013).
Part two of the paper focuses on an investigation of ten Norwegian school competitions, from 2009-2011, and examines to what degree the competition briefs focus and write about Universal Design. The paper investigates which criteria each competition are judged on, and it looks into how the competition briefs and the jury rapports write about Universal Design. These results are discussed and compared to how the juries write about other assessment criteria.