Titel: Designing for the Disabled: The New Paradigm
Autor/en: Selwyn Goldsmith
The New Paradigm.
1, black & white illustrations.
Taylor & Francis Ltd
13. November 1997 - gebunden - 444 Seiten
In a 40-page annex to his book he sets out the terms that a new-style Part M regulation and its Approved Document might take, one that would cover alterations to existing buildings as well as new buildings. But architects and building control officers need not, he says, wait for new a legislation to apply new practical procedures to meet the requirements of the current Part M regulation; they can, as he advises, act positively now. This is a book which will oblige architects to rethink the methodology of designing for the disabled. It is a book that no practising architect, building control officer, local planning officer or access officer can afford to be without. It breaks the mould of prevailing design-for-the-disabled practices and procedures. It indicts current 'for the disabled' access legislation, and introduces the concept of architectural disability.
(1) The evolution of accessibility controls; (2) Architectural disablement; (3) Britain: how accessibility controls might be reformulated; Annex A: The proposed Built Environment (Accessibility) Act: Draft Model for Authorized Guidance Document; Annex B: Housing; Appendices; References and Bibliography, Index.
Selwyn Goldsmith trained to become an architect at Cambridge University and University College London. In 1956, shortly after he completed his studies, he contracted polio, its permanent effect being severe physical disablement. He subsequently worked in private and public architects' offices, and in 1961 was appointed to undertake the research which resulted in the publication by the RIBA in 1963 of the first edition of his 'Designing for the Disabled'. With a further research contract, he worked on surveys of disabled people in Norwich for four years. From 1969 he was building editor of the Architects Journal for three years, and in 1972 joined the social research branch of the Housing Development Directorate of the Department of the Environment to advise on housing and other services for disabled people.
'This New Paradigm is an intelligent, clear-sighted view of how we should approach access in our environment effectively rather than emotionally. It should be welcomed by architects.' RIBA Journal 'The book is of great interest. Goldsmith's importance is undisputed in achieving recognition of the design requirements of the widest possible spectrum of human characteristics.' The Architect's Journal 'Everyone concerned with the built environment should read this book.' The Architectural Review 'Can any of us afford not to have Selwyn Goldsmith's New Paradigm on the shelf above our desk?' Newsletter of the Access Officer's Association 'Goldsmith believes that in any new legislation the rule should not just be access for the disabled, but access for everyone. He is a master of selfless common sense.' The London Magazine 'Architects should certainly read this book. They may as result come to adopt a richer and much more rewarding design approach.' World Architecture 'An important new book.' Building Engineer 'This is a fascinating book, not only for those who have a professional interest in building and design but also for anyone who has ever struggled with small children/buggies/shopping in public toilets or manoeuvred a wheelchair around the town.' 'The importance of this book reaches beyond what appears to be its immediate concerns, for in effect it denies the present but already fading trend towards factional politics. It argues for a rational approach to the question of how we should design for disabled citizens by asking the more crucial question, "who are disabled in trying to gain access to buildings?" It points out wisely that, physically disabled or not, we are all citizens. Being one people, we cannot afford to be in conflict with one another in destructive factional ways.' ACCESS BY DESIGN