Adapting Historic Buildings and Sites for Accessibility

dc.contributor.author Osterberg, Arvid
dc.contributor.department Architecture
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dc.date.issued 1993
dc.description.abstract Both new and existing restoration and reconstruction projects now require renewed scrutiny due to recent changes in accessibility requirements. Removing barriers from historic (heritage) structures is not simply a matter of installing ramps and widening doorways, measures that often prove to be insensitive to the visual integrity of historic buildings. Recent enactment of new laws and regulations in the United States and Canada now prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Additionally, advocacy groups in the two countries are now promoting "universal design," that is, designs that work for all people, regardless of ability level. Universal design provides equal access for the entire spectrum of building users including hearing impaired users, visually impaired users, mobility restricted users, mentally limited users, people of short or wide stature, and individuals who have reduced stamina. Achieving a reasonable degree of accessibility in historically significant, buildings is especially challenging. • Unfortunately, design solutions that compromise the historic character of buildings are commonplace. When the issue is properly addressed with the expertise of a qualified team of consultants and designers, however, intelligent solutions are possible. An intelligent solution is one that achieves accessibility and respects the historic integrity of a building
dc.description.comments This presentation is published as Osterberg, A.E. Adapting Historic Buildings and Sites for Accessibility, Presented at the Twenty-Fifth International Conference of the Association of Preservation Technology. Ottawa, Canada, October 1993.https://www.apti.org/upcoming-previous-conferences. Posted with permission.
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/8zn7Kp5w
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Association for Preservation Technology International
dc.subject.disciplines DegreeDisciplines::Architecture::Historic Preservation and Conservation
dc.title Adapting Historic Buildings and Sites for Accessibility
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