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Selwyn Goldsmith (1932-2011) and the Architectural Model of Disability: A Retrospective of the Man and the Model

An original retrospective exploration and evaluation of Selwyn Goldsmith and his principle work – the Architectural Model of Disability. Positioning Goldsmith's work in ways which are relevant to practising architects, designers and planners in designing enabling environments and multi-disciplinary researchers by assessing the influence of the disability movement on architecture, cities and culture. Affectionately known as the 'Early Accessibility Pioneer' and the 'Grandfather of Universal Design', Goldsmith, the first Architect to receive the Harding Award for services to disabled people, led the way in providing understanding of disability within the context of Architecture. However, the full extent of Goldsmith's impact has never been critically defined. The implications of his most significant contribution to architecture, the Architectural Model of Disability, have yet to be holistically assessed within the historical and theoretical context of contemporary architecture.

McIntyre, L. 2015. Selwyn Goldsmith (1932-2011) and the Architectural Model of Disability: A Retrospective of the Man and the Model. Architecture.com RIBA, London. [Available online] http://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Becomeanarchitect/Fundingyoureducation/Researchfunding/ResearchTrustAwards/2012recipients/LesleyMcIntyre.aspx

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