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Below you will find an expanding set of resource links – to books, articles and webpages – that make more accessible different ways of thinking and doing disability in architecture and the built environment. This list is deliberately not ordered by ‘functional’ impairment categories, but instead around key themes emerging from disability-led research and activism. These resources are mainly aimed at architectural built environment students, educators and practitioners, to help in expanding – and even shifting – the underpinning knowledge and assumptions of current educational and professional practices. However, many others will also find these references a useful way of accessing some of the very valuable work currently going on at the intersections of disability and other identities, with built space and culture.

Everything here shares an underlying intention to start from disability, to recognise the creative expertise of disabled people, and to challenge normative assumptions about what matters in the design of our built surroundings. The DisOrdinary Architecture Project is deeply informed by the rich and thought-provoking ideas of many others who also want to change architectural and built environment practices towards an inclusive social and spatial justice.

Click on the alphabetical letters to go to each section.

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  • Ableism
  • Accessible Academic Spaces
  • Aging
  • Alternative Representations
  • Beyond Sight
  • Care Work
  • Changing Design Practices


  • DeafSpace
  • Disability Aesthetics
  • Disability Studies: key reading
  • Disability Arts and Activism
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Getting Around (Accessible Cities)
  • Histories and Narratives


  • Neurodiversity
  • Spaces of Cultural Production
  • Social and Spatial Justice
  • Soundscapes


  • Technologies
  • Toilets
  • What is Normal?