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The Staircase : Studies of Hazards, Falls, and Safer Design - John Templer

The Staircase

Studies of Hazards, Falls, and Safer Design

Paperback Published: 27th March 1995
ISBN: 9780262700566
Number Of Pages: 216
For Ages: 18+ years old

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John Templer has written the first theoretical, historical, and scientific analysis of one of the most basic and universal building elements: the stair. Together, these two volumes present a detailed study of stairs and ramps - the art and science of their design, their history, and their hazards.For the designer and the art and architectural historian, the first volume treats the fascinating history of stairs and their immense influence on the art and science of architecture. It is illustrated with more than 100 photographs from around the world and reviews the literature on stairs (as well as ladders and railings and ramps) from Vitruvius to Venturi. Templer considers the whole play of meanings in the idea of the stair - as art object, as structural idea, as legal prescription, or as poetic fancy - making it clear that the stair is simultaneously an aesthetic, architectonic, ergonomic, and cultural element.The second volume shows the dangers stairs present. Drawing on twenty years of human factors research on stairs, Templer sets out what is known about slips, trips, and falls and how best to design stairs to avoid their inherent dangers. He discusses the physiological and behavioral relationship between humans and stairs and walkways, the question of gait and slippery surfaces, and the various types of falls and the injuries that result. Perhaps most importantly, Templer proposes the idea of the soft stair, which could substantially reduce the annual epidemic of stair-related deaths and injuries.John Templer is Regents' Professor of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has published extensively on architecture including theory, human factors research, and designing for the elderly and disabled, and is also an expert on legal cases involving bodily injury caused by falls.

Anyone reading either of these volumes will never be able to look at staircases the same way again. By learning the history of stairs, we appreciate the rich vocabulary possible in their design and bemoan its absence in our era. By learning about safe stair construction, we come to understand how astonishingly little attention has been paid to this subject...If our public spaces are to encourage our sense of self-worth, community, and citizenship; if our private dwellings are to be more than merely machines for living, then books like this pair will undoubtedly form part of our re-education. -- Thomas Frick * Los Angeles Times *

List of Tables
The Characteristics of Stair Falls and Injuriesp. 3
Riser and Tread Geometry for Comfort and Safetyp. 25
Slope, Surface, and Slip Resistancep. 43
Stairway and Ramp Size for Crowdsp. 59
Behavior on Stairsp. 81
Handrails, Guardrails, and Balustradesp. 117
Avoiding the Causes of Stair Falls: Designing for Injury Reductionp. 135
Liability and Stairway Accidentsp. 159
Appendix: Quick Design Checklistp. 165
Notesp. 183
Glossaryp. 185
Referencesp. 187
Indexp. 195
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780262700566
ISBN-10: 0262700565
Series: The Staircase
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 27th March 1995
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 19.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.63