Mapping Access

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What is the architecture of inclusion?

How do buildings, pathways, and design elements create inclusive spaces?

What can mapping reveal about the overlaps and intersections of inclusive campus spaces?

Mapping Access is a participatory mapping and data visualization project documenting the features of the campus built environment that facilitate inclusion. Through digital maps, Map-a-thon events, community conversations, photography, and film, the project explores mapping as a process of social transformation.

Mapping Access engages users as experts in the design process to generate surveys, collect data, create new mapping methods, and build a commitment toward broad accessibility. Typical approaches to accessibility focus on issues of code compliance and checklists of standards. Instead, this project draws upon the analytic frameworks of intersectionality and disability justice, as well as Universal Design methodology, to craft alternative standards for meaningful access.

Funded through the generous support of the Library Dean’s Fellowship, the National Humanities Alliance, the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, & Public Policy.

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