Exploring disability practices, policy, politics, and culture.
When famed architect Michael Graves contracted a mysterious virus in 2003, a new chapter in his life began. Paralyzed from the chest down, the pioneer of Postmodernism would be permanently required to use a wheelchair. He would use this new circumstance to design trend-setting hospitals, rehab centers, and other typologies.
We are not simply disabled by our bodies but by the way society is organised. It isn’t my use of a wheelchair that makes my life disabled, it’s the fact not all buildings have a ramp.
Sleek wheelchairs, stylish walking sticks, powered body suits and eye writing technology: New Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum accessible design exhibit shows a bright future for aging adults and people with disabilities.