Ethnography for Designers

Ethnography for Designers

by Galen Cranz

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Ethnography for Designers teaches architects and designers how to listen actively to the knowledge people have about their own culture. This approach gives structure to values and qualities. It does this by noting the terms and underlying structure of thought people use to describe aspects of their culture. By responding to underlying cognitive patterns, the architect can both respond to the user and interpret creatively. Thus, ethno-semantic methods can help designers to enhance their professional responsibility to users and, at the same time, to feel fulfilled creatively. This book is a practical guide for those teaching social factors and social research methods to designers and for those using these methods in practice.

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ISBN-13: 9781317309512
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/26/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 270
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Galen Cranz is Professor of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley, a Ph.D. sociologist from the University of Chicago, and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She teaches social and cultural approaches to architecture and urban design. Emphasizing ethnography as a research method, she brings users' as well as creators' perspectives to our understanding of built environments. 

Table of Contents

Preface  Part 1: The Ethnographic Design Project  1. Introduction to Design Ethnography  2. The Ethnographic Design Project: A Step-by-Step Overview  3. Sited Micro-cultures  4. Cultural Informants  5.  Finding Meaning in Taxonomies  6. Literature Review: What Do Others Say?  7. Translating into Physical Design  Glossary of Key Terms  Bibliography  Part 2: Report-Writing and Sample Reports  Section 1. Preparing a Final Report  Section 2. The Design Board  Section 3. Sample Ethnographic Reports

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