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Disabled Practices for the Architectures of the Countercollapse
Ignacio G. Galán
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This essay discusses the designed nature of ableism and calls for architecture to learn from disability in order to illuminate new paradigms of practice. It explores the architectures of the countercollapse as a challenge to the spatial and political regimes of austerity that shatter the networks of support on which life depends. As an alternative, these architectures make assistance both visible and valuable and enhance interdependence as central to worldly coexistence. They do not seek to legitimize architecture as a lone profession responsible for rehabilitating the disabled body or repairing a broken world but rather promote engaged, networked, and assisted practices, just as disability itself.

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