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September 29, 2014
Professionals examine solutions for the needs of all people in this onstage discussion at Dwell on Design NY.
Architect Joseph Tanney says the house was designed as a safe haven for Wexler and Zimmerman’s children.

Architect Joseph Tanney designed a house in East Hampton, New York, as a safe haven for Tanya Wexler and Amy Zimmerman and their four children.

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Great room in East Hampton, New York

The house features open spaces and comfortable, disparate areas designed to accommodate the couple's four children as they grow up.

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Marvin Windows and Doors Canada exterior

Designed by architects Rick Shean and Christopher Simmonds, a project in Quebec, Canada, was a winner of the 2014 Architects Challenge, a collection of annual submissions each year that display architectural creativity and feature Marvin Windows and Doors. On our Design for Humankind panel, Christine Marvin will represent a family business dedicated to accommodating residents of all abilities.

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Marvin Windows and Doors Canadian living room

Marvin has a stated dedication to Universal Design, and planning for the long term. The Canadian project includes tilt-turn and hopper windows, with easy-to-reach handles.

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Architect Robert Kahn house in California

Architect Robert Kahn will join us to discuss, among other projects, the Hill House in Palo Alto, California, a remodel of a 1960s "pole house" that has been made fully accessible through a series of subtle ramps and passageways.

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Architect Joseph Tanney says the house was designed as a safe haven for Wexler and Zimmerman’s children.

Architect Joseph Tanney designed a house in East Hampton, New York, as a safe haven for Tanya Wexler and Amy Zimmerman and their four children.

Photo by João Canziani.

At Dwell on Design New York, we explored the premise that no matter the discipline, good design is a network of systematic responses that addresses needs on a daily basis and solves the problems of today. Human beings, in the great spectrum of their physical and emotional responses, have a wide variety of needs; so how can the concept of “good design” apply to all people? In the panel Design for Humankind—just head of our keynote address with Daniel Libeskind—Christine Marvin of Marvin Windows and Doors joins New York architects Robert Kahn, and Joseph Tanney of Resolution: 4 Architecture, examined modern strides in accessibility and universal design. 

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