ARCH Lecture: Wanda Katja Liebermann | Florida Atlantic University
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ARCHITECTURE BEYOND ACCESS
Design and Disability has an important history at Berkeley, but it could also have a future here. Wanda Liebermann’s lecture will trace the trajectory of disability and design from its local roots to new practices, based on the experience of disability, that stimulate new ways of thinking about form, space, and experience. Learn more about this event here
About Wanda Katja Libermann
Wanda Katja Liebermann is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University. She holds a Doctor of Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, with a Secondary Field in Science and Technology Studies, and a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UC Berkeley. She is a licensed architect who practiced for a dozen years, working on commercial, multi-family, and custom residential projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Her research focuses on theories and practices of architecture and urbanism linked to the politics of identity and embodiment, and questions of disability rights. Her work draws on scholarship in science and technology studies, feminist, race, and disability studies, examining how design and design practices shape personhood, agency, and citizenship. Her work has appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Future Anterior, Home Cultures, and the Journal of Architecture. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Architecture and Non-Compliant Bodies: Pedagogy, Policy, and Practice in the USA. In 2018, Wanda won the 2018 Arnold W. Brunner Grant by AIA New York and the Center for Architecture for her project “Right to the River: A Critical Geography of the New River, Broward County, Florida.”
THIS LECTURE IS SPONSORED BY PROFESSOR EMERITUS RAYMOND LIFCHEZ, AND IT IS PART OF THE FALL 2020 BERKELEY ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES. OPEN TO ALL!
Berkeley’s Wheelchair Route, drafted by Ruth Grimes. Dots indicate the location of 125 new curb cuts. Map from City of Berkeley, Resolution no. 45,605-N.S. (February 13, 1973)
IMAGE: 1973 MAP OF TELEGRAPH AVENUE CURB CUTS | IMAGE SOURCE: WILLIAMSON, BESS. “HOW A CALIFORNIA CITY’S SIDEWALKS WERE REDESIGNED FOR WHEELCHAIRS,” GIZMODO, JANUARY 29, 2014. HTTPS://GIZMODO.COM/HOW-A-CALIFORNIA-CITYS-SIDEWALKS-WERE-REDESIGNED-FOR-W-1510042186
Center for Independent Living director Phil Draper at the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Blake Street in 1984, Going Where You Wheel on Telegraph Ave.
IMAGE: PHIL DRAPER AT TELEGRAPH AVENUE CURB CUT | IMAGE SOURCE: WILLIAMSON, BESS. “HOW A CALIFORNIA CITY’S SIDEWALKS WERE REDESIGNED FOR WHEELCHAIRS,” GIZMODO, JANUARY 29, 2014. HTTPS://GIZMODO.COM/HOW-A-CALIFORNIA-CITYS-SIDEWALKS-WERE-REDESIGNED-FOR-W-1510042186