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Technologies

Cyborgs, robotics, bodily augmentation, technological innovations in prosthetics, digital technologies and responsive materials can all suggest seductive, gorgeous and novel forms of engagement with embodiment. But disability studies scholars persistently ask – what kinds of bodies are assumed here, and which technologies are noticed, which ignored? How might we better critically and creatively interrogate the complex intersections of technology, disability and ability by taking notice not just of imaginary futures but also of everyday tinkering and making do; of the social, cultural and political contexts in which different technologies come into being and use?

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Toilets
Accessible toilets are of central importance in enabling disabled people to take an equal place in the public realm. Whilst there is much guidance already available, the resources here focus on moving beyond functional prescriptions, to a wider engagement with what kinds of bodies are designed for, how these are sorted in space, and how we might think about toilets from a political and social as well as functional perspective.

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What is Normal?
Starting from difference is a vital means of investigating what is ‘normal’ in both the design of material space and the ‘shape ‘of conventional architectural and built environment disciplines. By critically engaging with notions of the norm (as a body, as a form of knowledge, as a ‘common sense’ attitude, approach or process) we open up unexpected critical and creative opportunities for rethinking and redoing architecture as a more equitable practice.

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