Design Apartheid

Tobin Siebers names LeCorbusier’s “Modulor” as an example for a political unconscious architectural theory. Siebers recognizes here a basis of what Rob Imrie (also known as the co-author of the book: “Inclusive Design: Designing and Developing Accessible Environments) calls the “design appartheid”* of the modernist architectural practice. A practice, that unavoidably leads to (at least temporary) exclusion of (e.g. young, old,…) people. 

[LeCorbusier’s Le Modulor – Body Proportions as a benchmark: 6 feet high, male, musculous, without evidence of bodily or mentally impairment]


Imrie’s term “design apartheid”, dealing with building form and design in western culture that are inscribed with the values of an able-bodied” society, is further described in:

* Siebers, Tobin: “Disability Studies”, Michigan Press ,2008; pg 86

* Imrie, Rob: “Oppression, Disability and Access in the Built Environment” in:
Shakespeare, Tom: “The Disability Reader”, Continuum, 2000; pg 129


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