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Design for Dignity: Studies in Accessibility

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The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 mandated the elimination of barriers that prevent the full integration of people with disabilities into the larger U.S. society. This sweeping new law prompted a flood of books and pamphlets designed to help designers and architects satisfy the strict letter of the law - usually either "cookbooks" packed with specifications, or dry checklists filled with compliance details. A gifted architectural historian and photographer, William Lebovich sees the issue of ...
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Overview

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 mandated the elimination of barriers that prevent the full integration of people with disabilities into the larger U.S. society. This sweeping new law prompted a flood of books and pamphlets designed to help designers and architects satisfy the strict letter of the law - usually either "cookbooks" packed with specifications, or dry checklists filled with compliance details. A gifted architectural historian and photographer, William Lebovich sees the issue of accessibility in a vibrant new light. His latest work, Design for Dignity, reflects a sensibility that views ADA's provisions not simply as code requirements but as aesthetic and intellectual challenges that designers and architects will come to welcome. Indeed, through the many case studies that form the heart of this inspired new book, Lebovich demonstrates that when maximum accessibility is regarded as an important design issue, and not as some nettlesome duty, it often leads to the creation of the most architecturally impressive aspects of a building or landscape. Design for Dignity covers a wide range of buildings, including homes, schools, medical facilities, museums, offices, government buildings, and such public accommodations as theaters, churches, sports arenas, waterfronts, hotels, and airports. The book's individual details and overall design philosophy reflect Lebovich's ongoing consultation with people with disabilities - making it the first book to address accessibility from the viewpoint of the people most affected. Unlike other books that offer only drawings of code-based solutions, Design for Dignity provides a bounty of superb photographs, which capture the living work of such prominent architects, interior designers, and landscape architects as Sasaki Associates, Graham Gund, Leo Daly, Arthur May, I. M. Pei, and Harry Weese. Whether focusing on Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center, Waterfront Park, or Baltimore Washington International Airport, th
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Lebovich, an architectural historian and photographer, has fashioned a book of extraordinary import and beauty on the design aesthetics of inclusion. Taking as his impetus the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which mandated the removal of access barriers to, and accommodation of, handicapped individuals in public spaces, he discusses and demonstrates the possibility and elegance of accommodation. Profusely illustrated to highlight the design feature, his book shows private homes, schools, museums, hospitals, public areas, and government buildings. It is both a book of ideas and a demonstration of the thought processes of the featured architects. Sen. Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.) provides a foreword, detailing the affirmation that ``universal design'' not only includes disabled individuals but improves the quality of life for all. A list of information sources, architects, and designers is included. Highly recommended for design and architecture collections.-- Alex Hartmann, Bloomsburg Univ. Lib., Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471569107
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/10/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.77 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:
HOMES.
Edward's Room.
A Doctor's House.
Accessible Apartment Bathroom.
SCHOOLS.
Gallaudet University.
Henry Viscardi High School.
MEDICAL FACILITIES.
National Rehabilitation Hospital and the Washington Home and Hospice.
MUSEUMS.
Museum of Science.
National Building Museum.
Historical Society of Washington.
PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS.
Arena Stage and Shakespeare Theatre.
Orioles Park at Camden Yards.
Waterfront Park.
Cheesecake Factory.
OFFICES AND GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS.
The Paralyzed Veterans of America Headquarters.
United States Capitol.
Vice President's Residence.
Information Sources.
List of Architects and Designers.
Index.
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