Besides buildings obviously , chairs are probably architects favorite things to design. Today, the tradition continues, with architects from David Adjaye to Rem Koolhaas to Zaha Hadid all designing places to perch. Yet, for all their formal grace and beauty, these chairs rarely break the mold. Invariably, they are designed around an upright individual sitting at a right angle. Experts increasingly argue for new ways to sit and work, hence the rise of bouncing balls and standing desks in office spaces. Still, by and large, ergonomic design remains subjugated by formalism and tradition.
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Ergo reports Ergonomics Children Disabled Env. Design Medical Legal Science Ergo humor. Search site About us File readers Sitemap. This book is about seating and sitting. 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. She misrepresents research, as when she castigates Dr.
These researchers reported that rather than sitting upright, the computer users they observed tended to recline somewhat. She cites findings from a small laboratory study by Drs. Bendix et al. Minor assertions are meticulously cited, but questionable conclusions often are not sourced. If you are looking for a thorough analysis of seated posture, this is not the book for you. Or skip it entirely.
Rani Lueder has consulted in occupational ergonomics and product design research since Her activities in sitting and seating include co-organizing the Second International Symposium on Seating, held in Tokyo. Since , she continues to consult on sitting posture on extended retainer for a range of organizations in Japan.
She has consulted in the design of more than lines of seat design and other products that support posture. More ergonomics. Lumbar Spine in Sitting by Dr. E Nigel Corlett. Ergonomics for Children new book Table of Contents of the book. Should children use computers like adults? Are children just "little adults"? Certificant, Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics.
Screen/Print #54: Galen Cranz on Why We Need to Rethink the Chair
Ergo reports Ergonomics Children Disabled Env. Design Medical Legal Science Ergo humor. Search site About us File readers Sitemap. This book is about seating and sitting. Parts of her book are engrossing.
"The Chair" by Galen Cranz
Perhaps no other object of our daily environment has had the enduring cultural significance of the ever-present chair, unconsciously yet forcefully shaping the physical and social dimensions of our lives. With over ninety illustrations, this book traces the history of the chair as we know it from its crudest beginnings up through the modern office variety. Drawing on anecdotes, literary references, and famous designs, Galen Cranz documents our ongoing love affair with the chair and how its evolution has been governed not by a quest for comfort or practicality, but by the designation of status. Relating much of the modern era's rampant back pain to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle spent in traditional seating, Cranz goes beyond traditional ergonomic theory to formulate new design principles that challenge the way we think and live.
The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design
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