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Terraform Wheelchair Accessible Garden Kit

image: Terraform

image: Terraform

So yesterday I wrote an article about wheelchair accessible gardens. I focused on the dimensions and linked websites with plans to build your own. Well in France there is an organization that is making wheelchair accessible garden kits. The Suitecase is a group of architects and artists that created the Terraform program for wheelchair accessible garden.

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Prodel Residence | Universal Design House in France

Prodel Residence

Image: Kevin Moloney Via {a href="http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/02/19/garden/20090219-homes-slideshow_index.html" target="_blank"}NY Times{/a}

That’s quite an exterior facade isn’t it. The window walls and large center room with high vaulted ceilings make for quite an impact. This house also happens to be a converted French country-style vacation home that is universally designed. I discovered this universal designed house in this article in the NY Times. Jean-Yves Prodel is the home owner and is a wheelchair user. He purchased the home that is north of Paris in 2005 and hired an architect to design a renovation and incorporate universal design features. Prodel ran into difficulties with the architect because universal design is not prevalent in France. While studying in college in the U.S., Prodel was introduced to universal design features. So he actually knew more about universal design than his architect! Eventually another architect who knew more about universal design took over the project. The result is a magnificent universal design house.

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