Aimi Hamraie is assistant professor of Medicine, Health, and Society and American studies at Vanderbilt University.
Building Access is a seminal text that will be received with acclaim and become well-known for its reconstruction of how we think about access, disability, and design. -Rob Imrie, Goldsmiths University of London Aimi Hamraie gifts us with a rare kind of book, one that skillfully weaves critical disability studies together with technology studies and architectural history to unpack the American project of designing and making built environments purportedly usable by all. They ask us to think harder about who counts as the everyone of Universal Design, and how knowledge of body variability is created. Crucially, the book probes the ways disability access politics is deeply entangled with race through whiteness, bodily norms, activism, and practices material segregation. Anyone who cares about the built environment, technoscience, or disability politics will want to read this important book. -Michelle Murphy, University of Toronto