On Wednesday, August 2, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that $38 million of funding will be available “to fight housing discrimination.” Over $30 million of the funding is targeted for Private Enforcement Initiative grants – “available to organizations that conduct intake, testing, investigation and litigation” under the Fair Housing Act […]
The Department of Justice (DoJ) has placed website accessibility on the regulatory inactive list. This action does not negate the need to create an accessible website. At present, cases are tried under the premise that the internet is a public accommodation subject to title III of the ADA. The Department of Justice clarified this position […]
A117.1-2017 has recently been released. This latest version of the accessibility standards has updated requirements for turning spaces, clear floor spaces, and maneuvering clearances. For example, the 60” turning radius has grown to 67” (for new construction). This could greatly impact future room layout designs. A more detailed analysis of A117.1-2017 will follow.
Liability under the FHA extends to any entity – developer, architect or contractor – involved in the design and construction of the building. Both 521 CMR and the FHA contain accessible design requirements for all residential units in a building containing an elevator and for all ground floor units in buildings without an elevator. We […]
KMA is pleased to announce that Josh Safdie has been asked by Enterprise Communities to participate in this year’s Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) in June 2017. AHDLI connects mission-driven designers and developers and facilitates collaboration on creating sustainable, universally designed, and affordable properties.
KMA is pleased to announce that Josh Safdie has been asked to serve on the jury for the 2017 Housing Awards, co-sponsored by AIANY and the BSA. The Housing Design Awards are an annual event to recognize and honor design excellence and innovation in housing design. A slideshow of past awardees is available on the BSA […]
Hazel Ryerson and Josh Safdie recently moderated a series of charrettes for Enterprise Communities. The charrettes are intended to help building owners, designers, and residents agree upon the priorities for aging in place in their buildings. Hazel wrote about her experience and takeaways for KMA’s blog in the post titled, Creating Lively Spaces.
KMA is excited to be working with the Bostonian Society on its planned accessibility upgrades to the Old State House in Boston, MA. It is a unique challenge to incorporate accessible elements into historic buildings without affecting the essence of the original building. Built in 1713 to house the fledgling Massachusetts colony, the Old State […]
The Old Chapel at UMASS Amherst is open to the public. KMA is pleased to have been the accessibility consultant on this renovation of a treasured landmark.
KMA’s Kathryn Denis, Access Planner, recently led a BSA Access Committee panel on accessible micro-unit housing. The BSA published a news item on the presentation and discussion, which included using full scale diagrams to illustrate where the units met or fell short in complying with state and federal accessibility guidelines.