ruminations about architecture and design

Monday, July 20, 2015

25 years of more accessible design

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990--legislation that was passed with the help of Ted Kennedy and Bob Dole--ushered in an era of objective, results oriented architecture. The great lie of Modernism was functionality. The ADA, which has no aesthetic agenda, created a functional framework for public space that is now deeply ingrained in the design profession. You can't put steps at the front door of a building. (Well, you can, but you need to have a ramp also)

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