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Research on Design Standards for Building Access and Egress

Fred I. Stahl
Journal of Architectural Research
Vol. 7, No. 2 (August 1979), pp. 31-36
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43475227
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

This article discusses needs for a more complete and effective technical basis for design standards impacting occupants' access to and egress from buildings and building sites. It is suggested that a major cause of injury and death from fire, and of inconvenience and psychological stigmatization to physically handicapped persons, results (even in code-complying buildings and sites) from adherence to design regulations narrowly founded upon physical and engineering principles alone. This article recommends that psychological aspects of dangerous and stressful situations guide the development of standards for emergency egress facility design, and that such therapeutic objectives as "normalization" guide development of barrier-free design regulations. Finally, programmatic themes and research tasks are outlined.

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