Accommodating people with physical disabilities: Five Houston museums (Texas)
Buckley, Cleary O.
Master of Architecture
A way of evaluating architectural accessibility is developed, focusing on the degree to which people who use wheelchairs are able to experience a building in the same way as people who are ambulatory. When judged by this system none of the five Houston art museums: The Menil, The Houston Museum of Fine Art, The Glassel Art School, The Contemporary Arts Museum, and The Blaffer Gallery is fully accessible, although several have areas where the accommodation of people in wheelchair is acceptable. A design for an addition to the Contemporary Arts Museum, emphasizing the unification of circulation systems for the disabled and the ambulatory, addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the five museums. This design employs a ramping system that encourages all museum visitors to travel along the same route.