Da Vinci’s Ill Fated Design Legacy: Homogenization and Standardization

By Stephen Gilson and Elizabeth DePoy.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In this paper, we identify how da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man has been apprehended as a contemporary mechanism of social, environmental, cultural, bodily, and expressive control. Given the ubiquity of design, we cannot address how it shapes all aspects of lives, experience and environments and thus delimit our examination and analysis to built and virtual environmental and product design standards. We conclude with a call for Interdisciplines, a proposed alternative lens to the use of Renaissance standards as the basis for fashioning contemporary environments that welcome diversity.

Keywords: Design, Standards, Diversity, Body

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp.145-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.281MB).

Dr. Stephen Gilson

Professor, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA

Dr. Stephen Gilson is currently professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies at the University of Maine, focusing his scholarship and theory on diversity policy and the promotion of inclusive environments. He has authored and co-authored over 40 articles and books, and recently has co-produced multi-media, universally accessible texts with co-author, Dr. Elizabeth DePoy. Dr. Gilson is currently pursuing several collaborative research agendas all aimed at advancing universal access to community resources including web and electronic information. Dr. Gilson presents his work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has collaborative relationships with international scholars. In service, Dr. Gilson provides expertise in policy analysis and evaluation design through a private, non-profit organization, Evaluation Practice.

Dr. Elizabeth DePoy

Professor, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA

Dr. Elizabeth DePoy is currently the Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies at the University of Maine, focusing her scholarship and theory on diversity and informing the creation of inclusive communities. She has authored and co-authored over 50 articles and books, and recently has produced multi-media, universally accessible texts with co-author, Dr. Stephen Gilson. Dr. DePoy is currently pursuing several collaborative research agendas all aimed at advancing universal access to community resources including web and electronic information. Dr. DePoy presents her work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has collaborative relationships with international scholars. In service, Dr. DePoy provides expertise in research and evaluation design through a private, non-profit organization, Evaluation Practice.

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