La Piscine

Water is undoubtably as fascinating as it is necessary to all earth’s creatures. Many autistics, like our son, are particularly drawn to bodies of water, mesmerized by rain, even obsessed with appliances that use water. Although this attraction requires vigilance from his caretaker Continue reading


Art performance, RISD 2014 Elisa Palluau

photo courtesy of the artist Elisa Mae Palluau

Designing the built environment to be inclusive of all ages and abilities is a relatively recent concept. Barrier-free architecture, when I was a college student, referred to building construction standards mostly for people with physical handicaps. Currently, accessibility guidelines encompass multisensory accommodations for a range of physical and mental abilities. Yet, it is often the social barriers Continue reading

All Aboard… Musée d’Orsay!

Musée d'Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay seen from the Seine river in 2016

In the Harry Potter books, young wizards must go through a brick wall barrier at Kings Cross station in London to catch a train to the fictional Hogwarts. One doesn’t have to be a wizard at the Gare D’Orsay in Paris to be transported Continue reading

Afternoon in the Park

contempoary art installation at Jardin des Plantes in Paris during F.I.A.C.

Rosa Luxemburg by Nicolas Milhé in the Jardin des Plantes during F.I.A.C.

Beaux Arts Magazine recently devoted an entire issue to “Seeing Art Differently”. Alerted to the headline, I snatched it off the shelf only to discover that by differently they meant Continue reading