In architectural spheres, “accessibility” is often directed at the end-user, and the imperative act of designing spaces, buildings, and entire cities along the principles of “universal design.” An increasingly central aspect of architecture, spurred by legislation such as the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ethos of accessible architecture was well captured by architect Ronald Mace, quoted in a 1997 New York Times editorial asking “if we’re not designing for human beings, who are we designing for? Let’s design all things, all the time, for everyone. It’s where we’re headed.” More than twenty years later, architects and urbanists have unparalleled tools at their disposal for placing accessibility at the center of design. From simple online guides to using ADA standards, to basic Revit models for accessible bathrooms, the digitization of architectural tools, knowledge, and inspiration allows the design team to consider everything from elderly-friendly cities to accessible door handles.
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