November 6th
10:37 AM
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"In the U.S., the ADA is both a blessing and a curse. My architect friends can’t stand it, bristling at the uniform application of standards regardless of context and cost. Access ramps slapped onto the streetscape can be viewed as a kind of blight. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has spent millions rebuilding T stations for handicap access. At issue are both practical costs and historic preservation."
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Anthony Flint, "Paris by Wheelchair: A Seemingly Impossible Challenge"

uhhh excluding millions of people vs making an architect mildly annoyed? those are not equivalent. and if an architect makes a ramp look like a blight, he’s a shitty, lazy architect. ramps can be integrated and made beautiful like any other structural necessity. 

(via disabilityhistory)

Absolutely fantastic comment above. ADA compliance is only a curse if a community as a whole and the collective benefits from compliance are not valued or deemed necessary. Historical buildings and infrastructure needs to be preserved, although keep in mind they were built without modern considerations of equal access or the mitigation of exclusion. 

(via kylegreggy)

As someone who has a degree in architecture, I second these comments. It’s not hard to make a ramp beautiful and sometimes stairs are even more annoying to deal with. Look at what you can do with just a little creativity,

October 29th
12:24 PM
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atlasobscura:

190 Bowery - New York City

It’s the American Dream as a house, a building that went from rags to riches on a street once known for its murders, now known for its centrality. Photographer Jay Maisel broke the bank when he bought the bank in 1966 for $102,000. Back then, the Bowery wasn’t a place you went so much as ended up, and the main floor (now a basketball court) was allegedly knee-deep in garbage and coated in soot, with “every single thing that can come out of a human body” left on the doorstep. Maisel’s parents cried.

Today, the bohemian castle may look deceptively decrepit on the outside, but inside it’s a dream. A home-made ventilation system (to deter the insane expense of what central air would cost in such a space) consists of a network of plastic tubing throughout the building. The original 1898 copper cage elevator still works, the second and third floor are gallery spaces, the fifth floor has various workshops (including a room dedicated to Mylar-window shades), the sixth floor has bedrooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen, and the roof a wowing view of lower Manhattan.

While you’re at it, why not take lessons from Maisel? Details on 190 Bowery’s photography studio at Atlas Obscura…

July 12th
10:18 AM
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mermaidpants:

House porn

July 9th
9:52 AM

MONUmini miniature London landmarks by Aimée Furnival - Dezeen

MONUmini is an architectural model kit that celebrates some of London’s most striking and distinctive architecture. The collection includes four iconic buildings; Tower bridge, the Post Office Tower, Battersea Power Station and The Barbican Tower. 

Each of the MONUmini kits contains a tiny model made from etched stainless steel that is cleverly designed to fold and lock together to create an intricate replica of the building. The kit comes flat-packed into an envelope containing instructions and a short history of the building.

Yes to Tower Bridge, please and thank you.