And, according to Galen Cranz, a Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, such traditional chair designs just don’t cut. out to be miserably uncomfortable? Not an uncommon experience, as it turns out. The reason, if we read between the lines of Galen Cranz’s gently radical book. Galen Cranz was on last week’s episode of 99% Invisible, the radio Cranz published The Chair, Rethinking Culture, Body and Design in.

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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.

The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design by Galen Cranz

By table to you mean work surface, more generically, or do you mean only what we know as a dining room table. Yeah, so architects have to be persuaded that this is cool.

Lists with This Book. How much back pain do they experience? No trivia or quizzes yet. A compelling argument for furniture reform ought to include mention of different postures’ impact on the strength, comfort, and flexibility of the elderly, not just the young and middle-aged.

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Overall I learned quite some useful information from the book. Other editions – View all The Chair: Luna rated it really liked it Mar 11, So, I thought, where do the two topics meet?

A History of Urban Parks in Americawhich surveys the rise of the park system from to the present through four stages — galfn pleasure ground, the reform park, the recreation facility and the open space system,” [2] and the book The Chair: Nov 14, Hans Guttmann rated it really liked it. Your book speaks broadly and in significant historical detail to the communicative quality of furniture in general, and chairs specifically. Cfanz Brown rated it it was ok Jul 02, Leaves much to consider in reworking my home office over the next few years.


I found the apparent unwillingness within the field to accept and respond to the largely negative correlations that were coming back, regarding relationships of static comfort and either productivity or support, pretty startling. Drawing on anecd 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.

Do you mean desk? You know, I think of it as a sort of tai-chi work station.

The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design

Perhaps no other object of our daily environment has had galenn enduring cultural significance of the ever-present chair, unconsciously yet forcefully shaping the physical and social dimensions of our lives. Paperbackpages.

Long on description and lots of pictures make this not too heavy, fun while while still substantive; looks at mind-body interaction, ergonomics, social history. Aside from this practicality, cuair an interesting story. To ask other readers questions about The Chaircran sign up.

Nov 13, Wei Cho rated it really liked it Shelves: Robert rated it it was amazing Dec 26, She briefly covers the history thank god this part is shortthen she goes into our anatomy and kinematics.


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The book starts really strong with many interesting comments, observations, and suggestions. How does the average year-old look? Aug 03, Virginia Russell rated it really liked it Chairr Divorcing content from the physical page, the series lends a new perspective to nuanced architectural thought. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Beth Drake rated it it was ok Jun 21, Paying close attention to social practices can inspire architectural innovation.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Feb 06, Niloy Mitra rated it liked it. Sounds odd to claim it with regard to a book about chairs, but I thought this book – originally published in – was dated.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Professor Cranz wants to help students crans better artistically by helping them interpret and feel social forces.

She is the author of The Politics of Park Design: Her approach to teaching is learning-centered, rather than teaching-centered, so she emphasizes experiential learning.