GALEN CRANZ THE CHAIR PDF

Professor of the Graduate School Specializations Urban parks; chairs and body conscious design; the sociology of taste; ethnography for design; post-occupancy evaluation; sustainability as a social concept; qualitative research methods. Education Ph. Sociology, University of Chicago M. Sociology, University of Chicago B. Social patterns are not a "straight jacket," but rather a muse. Professor Cranz wants to help students become better artistically by helping them interpret and feel social forces.

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Professor of the Graduate School Specializations Urban parks; chairs and body conscious design; the sociology of taste; ethnography for design; post-occupancy evaluation; sustainability as a social concept; qualitative research methods. Education Ph. Sociology, University of Chicago M. Sociology, University of Chicago B. Social patterns are not a "straight jacket," but rather a muse. Professor Cranz wants to help students become better artistically by helping them interpret and feel social forces.

Her approach to teaching is learning-centered, rather than teaching-centered, so she emphasizes experiential learning.

A certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, she is passionate about bringing experience of the unified self back into the classroom and workplace. She teaches social and cultural approaches to architecture and urban design. Currently, she is publishing a new text on the use of ethnography for designers, Ethnography and Space. Her creative work includes research and writing about urban parks, sustainability, body conscious design, housing for the elderly, and the sociology of taste in environmental design.

She is a frequent lecturer about urban parks and juror for park design competitions. She is a co-principle investigator and recipient of the Latrobe Fellowship for architectural research to study evidence-based hospital lighting and design with Kaiser Permanent Hospitals and Gordon Chong Architecture. She is currently teaching and writing about taste in design.

Paul Cityscape competition of She holds two US patents for body conscious bathtub and chair designs. In she designed and built a residence for the elderly following universal design principles. She swims and practices tai chi daily. Nasar, W.

New York: Fairchild Books, , pp. Galen Cranz and C. Schwarz Eds. Norton, New York, , paperback II, No. Mornum Time Press, San Francisco, , pp.

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Parts of her book are engrossing. In particular, her historical perspective of how chair design has evolved historically may be unmatched. Her discussion of the holistic aspects of posture is also interesting. That said, this book is not noteworthy for the caliber of its review of the ergonomics research on sitting postures and seating. Much of it is plain hogwash. It is sometimes painful to read her sweeping generalizations.

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