Camp Adventure; user based research and application in design

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dc.contributor.author White, Amanda
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-10T13:11:53Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-10T13:11:53Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05-10T13:11:53Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/4085
dc.description.abstract Camp Adventure, a summer camp for the physically disabled, has obtained a site for the future Camp Adventure Conference and Retreat Center at Perry Lake, Ozawkie, Kansas. The camp serves youth and adults with cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Past rental facilities have been far from adequate for the camp’s basic needs of accessibility and has led the camp to seek a specially designed permanent home. As a counselor for 9 years, I have experienced firsthand the barriers and frustrations with inadequate facilities. Seeking to find solutions to the camp’s specific needs, I found William H. Whyte’s research methods and environmental psychology studies fitting to discover human preference and experiential qualities. To understand the best methods of adaptation, a series of user based research methods have been conducted to gather user input. The campers understand, from daily experience, what it takes to make an element or activity accessible, and their guidance will inform the design of select program elements. User input is not only being gathered from the camp, but from educational sources at Kansas State University, practicing professionals at Ochsner Hare and Hare, and local government representatives. Collaboratively molding the site’s existing form, the campers accessibility needs, and a complex program has created an exciting and challenging project. The program consists of 24 elements and activities, many of which are not traditionally handicap friendly. In-depth design studies and application of the user input has created the form and experience of seven program elements. This book contains literature and precedent studies, user based research results, the master plan for the entire site, and design details of seven program elements. It is to be used by Camp Adventure as a guide to implementation of the camp design. It is the path for Camp Adventure to achieve their dream: a barrier free, fully accessible, adventure; Camp Adventure. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Camp en_US
dc.subject Physically disabled en_US
dc.subject Cerebral palsy en_US
dc.subject Spina bifida en_US
dc.subject User-based research methods en_US
dc.subject Adaptive methods en_US
dc.title Camp Adventure; user based research and application in design en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Timothy D. Keane en_US
dc.subject.umi Landscape Architecture (0390) en_US
dc.subject.umi Psychology, Behavioral (0384) en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology, Individual and Family Studies (0628) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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