This seminar explores the design challenges triggered by an urgent social justice issue: the imperative to create safe accessible public spaces for people of different races, genders, and disabilities. The class is organized around an in depth interrogation of five building types—public restroom, museum, office, campus, and urban street—that each have marginalized or excluded persons who fall outside white, masculine, heterosexual, able-bodied norms. First, the class situates this issue in a cultural and historical context, using case studies to look at how architectural guidelines and building codes transmit dominant cultural values and ideologies. Then, it asks students to propose alternative design strategies that allow a spectrum of different embodied people to productively mix in public space. Course requirements: student presentation and inclusive design proposal.

All Semesters

Fall 2020
Body Politics: Designing Equitable Public Space
Joel Sanders