Day Fourteen July3: at Parkside Inn, Fresno, California


Bathtub

到目前為止我們住的旅館房間都不是專為輪椅使用者設計的,但是我是輪椅使用者,卻還沒有遇見任何嚴重的問題。基本上我們並不喜歡裝置一堆殘障設施的空間,不懂為甚麼台灣的洗手台還要加上一圈不鏽鋼扶手,既浪費又不美觀。照片中的浴缸加上一小段扶手,任何人都安全。

This is a quiet day, we decide to stay at the Inn writing paper and making plan for tomorrow. While I work at hotel room, my students go out to check the gas station and street furniture.

This bathtub is not special, but it is good enough for the wheelchair user. Sometimes I feel too much design may not good for the universal uses. Simple with multi-function seems better for everyone.


room at the Parkside Inn

台灣的建築師經常為怕水流出來喜歡以門檻作為解決的手法,這樣已經造成部分使用者的不方便。旅行到今天我住過的浴室都沒有門檻,也不見水流出來。台灣是不是該檢討一下洗澡的方式呢?

Flooding? Almost every architect in Taiwan is so concern about flooding in bathroom. To end their nightmare seems the only way is to build a doorsill. But doorsills are barriers to the wheelchair users. What I see it is only a matter of the way of showering.


The Food Mart at gas station


Restroom at the gas station

因為我要工作,所以學生們自己帶著我的輪椅出去作體驗。但是太害羞了,躲躲藏藏,結果照片也無法拍好。體驗結果是,加油站的廁所是可及的,超市是可及的。事實上超是我自己去過好幾次了,OK的。

My students took my wheelchair without me in it to check if the restroom at the gas station accessible to the wheelchair user. You probably wonder why they take an empty wheelchair? Well, they are shy.


Bus stop


An office entrance

此外,我也發現所有的建築物,無論是辦公室或是商店的出入口都變友善了,而且都不是只在外面另外加斜坡道。門口設計乎看不到殘設設施的痕跡,可及且美觀。街道家具也美觀可及,公共電話亭如此,公車站也如此。

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