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In Mitra Kanaani and Dak Kopec (Eds.). The Routledge Companion for Architecture Design and Practice. New York, NY: Taylor and Francis Group

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This chapter frames design as a social art and describes a long, if intermittent, history of designing for people. The author notes the extraordinary demographics of the twenty-first century in which people across the world live longer than ever and survive illness and injury at rates unimaginable even a generation ago. She makes a case for a sense of urgency for design that anticipates diversity of ability as normative and offers examples of promising practices in design that minimize disability and facilitate well-being, performance, and independence.


Fletcher, Valerie

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