Architects disable: A challenge to transform.

Kitchin, Rob (2003) Architects disable: A challenge to transform. Building Material, 10. pp. 8-13. ISSN 1393-8770

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Architects disable. This is not simply a deliberately provocative statement, it is a fact. Architects and their work profoundly and negatively affect the daily lives of disabled people. In this short essay I want to try and provoke Irish architects into taking disability seriously and to stimulate a debate about the philosophy and ethos of architecture and the role of architects in Irish society by criticising severely the profession as presently practiced and taught. My observations are based on a number of detailed empirical studies that have investigated disabled access in Ireland in relation to the labour marked, education, shops, and public services, where poor architectural design was a prime factor in severely limiting opportunities and services.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: architects; disability; access;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 7265
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 08:47
Journal or Publication Title: Building Material
Publisher: Architectural Association of Ireland
Refereed: Yes

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