[ONLINE] - Sara Hendren, What Can a Body Do?

How We Meet the Built World

What Can a Body Do? is a fascinating and provocative new way of looking at the things we use and the spaces we inhabit, and a call to imagine a better-designed world for us all.

In a series of vivid stories drawn from the lived experience of disability and the ideas and innovations that have emerged from it—from cyborg arms to customizable cardboard chairs to deaf architecture—Sara Hendren, in What Can a Body Do?, invites us to rethink the things and settings we live with. What might assistance based on the body’s stunning capacity for adaptation—rather than a rigid insistence on “normalcy”—look like? Can we foster interdependent, not just independent, living? How do we creatively engineer public spaces that allow us all to navigate our common terrain?

By rendering familiar objects and environments newly strange and wondrous, What Can a Body Do? helps us imagine a future that will better meet the extraordinary range of our collective needs and desires.

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Sara Hendren
, @ablerism
2018 Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow, New America
Author, What Can a Body Do? How We Meet the Built World

Forest Young, @ten_ten
Global Principal, Wolff Olins

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