accessible design

Student Designs Self-Navigating Fashion Line for the Blind

Parsons School of Design and AARP's "Disrupt Aging Design Challenge" asks students to design solutions for older clients. Camila Chiriboga's winning design helps blind wearers navigate the world, fashionably.

Parsons School of Design and AARP’s “Disrupt Aging Design Challenge” asks students to design solutions for older clients. Camila Chiriboga’s winning design helps blind wearers navigate the world, fashionably.

Q&A: Patricia Moore on the Accessible City

Patricia Moore dressed and lived as an elderly woman to research the ways that designers can make things accessible for people of differing abilities.

When we published a Metropolis issue on Access in 1992, we were optimistic about the positive changes the Americans with Disabilities Act would bring to the designed environment. Signed into law by president Bush the elder two years earlier, the ADA was a hopeful expansion of civil rights, promising to include citizens with disabilities, in all that America offers. Considerate design…

You Are So Wrong, Frank Gehry!

The blogosphere is buzzing with Frank Gehry’s derogatory remarks about green design. Our editor-in-chief, Susan S. Szenasy, responds.

The blogosphere is buzzing with Frank Gehry’s derogatory remarks about green design. In a recent public interview, the starchitect summarily dismissed the movement that’s working to make the built environment more responsive to our deteriorated natural environment. With buildings known to produce more than half of the world’s carbon output, surely those who design and build them have to shoulder…

A Call to Arms: Veterans on the Front Lines of Prosthetics Research

The Iraq war has produced thousands of wounded veterans, propelling research into the ultimate ergonomic challenge: the perfect prosthetic.

The Iraq war has produced thousands of wounded veterans, propelling research into the ultimate ergonomic challenge: the perfect prosthetic.
Military amputees now find themselves on the front lines
of prosthetics research, with each new development promising more than mere mobility.