I haven’t been keeping up with all the good stuff out there recently.
Here’s an article from the LA Times about landscape architects learning to think about access:
Stopping at a recently built third-story bridge between two buildings, O’Brien pointed out that most of the structure incorporated wide, flat steps. The wheelchair ramp was off to the side.
“Why did the architect make two-thirds of a perfectly good ramp not accessible?” O’Brien asked the students. “Why put in steps at all?”
“Visually, that’s an admission of failure. If you have to stick a ramp off to the side, it means the stair is really what you wanted to do â€”? that’s your aesthetic,” Lassen said in an earlier interview.
Several bloggers noticed l’affaire du comma; it was gratifying to find out that grammar still matters (this after a frustrating discussion with a young woman at The Egg and I about the proper spelling and punctuation of the plural of patty [as in ‘beef patty’] – I managed to make her give up the apostrophe but could not persuade her to sacrifice the ‘y’ for ‘ie’).
Stella has returned after long haitus.