Kinetic Architecture (Part II): Technology for the Disabled

As far as we are concerned, most people will not go through their lives entirely able-bodied. At times of infancy, elderly, or injury, most people go through life having at least a little taste of disability, an inconvenience in mobility. Which is why it is necessary for architects and designers alike to build environments that are barrier-free and do not hinder the movement and freedom of anyone and fulfill the needs of everyone equally, most importantly to ensure safety, convenience and allow for independence of the disabled, which after all does not negatively affect any able-bodied person in any way. Architecture is about the thoughtful creation environments for the user, for them to inhabit and experience, after all (Malhotra, n.d).

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Kinetic Architecture (Part I): Introduction to Kinetic Architecture

You may have heard of retractable stadium roofs that extend to close up the stadium from the outside weather conditions, shielding its occupants from rain or sun, or have automatic gates at home so you don’t have to get out the car to manually open them while needing to face the weather conditions or even risk your safety. These are just some examples of kinetic architecture, and as you can tell, besides being attractive visually, kinetic structures can have the element of functionality, as well.

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