Book Talk: The Architecture of Disability

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By re-contextualizing the history of architecture through the discourse of disability, David Gissen's recent book The Architecture of Disability Buildings, Cities, and Landscapes beyond Access (University of Minnesota Press, 2022) presents a unique challenge to current modes of architectural practice, theory, and education. Envisioning architecture that fully integrates disabled persons into its production, it advocates for looking beyond traditional notions of accessibility and shows how certain incapacities can help to positively reimagine the roots of architecture.

David Gissen, Professor of Architecture and Urban History, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Ignacio Galan, Architect and Historian, Barnard College, Columbia University

About the Speakers:
A disabled designer and historian of architecture, David Gissen is professor of architecture and urban history at Parsons School of Design at the New School.

Ignacio G. Galán is an architect and historian based in New York, where he is an assistant professor at Barnard College, Columbia University. His work addresses questions of residence, citizenship, belonging, and kinship in architecture, with diverse areas of focus including nationalism, colonialism, diasporic communities, and disability cultures

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