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March 2013

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We received a wonderful gift this week from Portland photographer David Papazian. It is a collection of black and white architectural photographic prints entitled “Modern Architecture” by Kenneth John Conant. 
It was distributed by The University Prints, Boston Massachusetts as part of their Student GM Series. We will be posting a few photos from the series each week and would love to hear from you about them. Perhaps you have some more information about a specific building or first hand experience visiting the building or landmark and would like to share your stories and memories with us. Hope you enjoy!

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In 2011, the first of the baby boomer generation turned 65 years old. It’s estimated that 8000 people a day will be turning 65 for the 18 years following that 2011 date. With advanced age there are higher odds of becoming temporarily or even permanently limited in mobility.  An ADAconsultant that I worked with a number of years ago, described able bodied people as temporarily mobile individuals. He himself was confined to a wheelchair. I have never forgotten what he said. All of us will, at some point, experience immobility to on degree or another. The American Disabilities Act that began in the 70’s has made great changes in every aspect of public buildings. More than ever I feel that our private residential designs, whether new construction or remodel work, should accommodate universal design to help everyone transition in the golden years. With creativity, the design solutions can be beautiful solutions. The article below by Karin Beuerlein highlights a number of design considerations. 

Adding Universal Design Features to Your Bathroom

This bathroom incorporates several elements of universal design, including a curbless shower, wheelchair-friendly sink, and a hand-held shower. Image: Porcher

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