Our Greatest Reward

When we first met Beau he was 13 years old and sitting in a power wheelchair that he operated using a joystick. On the tray attached to his chair was a small machine that typed his words so he could communicate. Beau had been wearing a seat belt in the back seat of car that was struck violently from the side. His spine was fractured...

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Survival (and enjoyment) By Design

The title of this blog is a spin-off of one of my favorite books Survival Through Design by Richard Neutra published many years ago. One lasting memory for me was his discussion of the living and playing environment of his young years alternating between toddling and crawling. His favorite place was under the family grand piano. It was protective and

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Design for Therapeutic Environments

Research over the past half century has documented environmental aspects of spaces that are bad for our health. These aspects are both physical and emotional such as crowding, poor air quality, and noise. These factors cause stress in our lives. Excessive stress

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Universal Design versus Barrier Free Design

Universal Design’ is a philosophy “meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible” to all people with or without a disability. It is broader than the intent of “barrier-free” environment

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Environment and Behavior as Design

How is our knowledge of the environment-behavior relationship important to the design of environments for special populations including the catastrophically injured or chronically ill individual?

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