February 13, 2017 - Juan Montas
In her article about Architectural Exclusion, Sarah Schindler discusses how discrimination and segregation occur through the physical design of the built environment. In other words, she means that the way a place is built can have an effect on individuals. More specifically, in part two of Schindler’s journal she mentions Architectural Exclusion as forms of practice and she starts off by saying that “the architecture of the built environment directs both physical movement through and access to places” (Schindler, 20). Therefore, the main points Sarah Schindler is trying to make is divided in two parts: a) physical barriers to exit and b) transit.
While writing physical barriers to exit, the author talks about how architects such as Robert Moses uses the creation of bridges to exclude some social classes from being able to use certain buildings. By creating architectural constructions like bridges, then less people can use these physical barriers to their advantage, which leads to discrimination. This is an example Schindler is using to make people understand that there are a vast majority of ways in which people can be segregated.
Sarah Schindler speaks out on how public transportation affects different social groups. In a part she says, “Decisions to exclude transit stops from parts of the suburbs means that many workers who would accept minimum-wage jobs in the suburbs cannot physically access those jobs” (Schindler, 30). Through this statement she means that many workers need to find alternatives to public transport due to the fact that there are no stops in the suburbs. In my opinion this is very ridiculous from part of the government because even though the suburbs are considered for the “rich people”, still low-income people go work there and it is not fair that they have to pay a lot of money to get to their destination just because public transportation doesn’t reach these places.
Schindler, Sarah. “b.1934.Schindler.2024_vndzv2jw.pdf.” Accessed February 9, 2017. https://via.hypothes.is/http://www.yalelawjournal.org/pdf/b.1934.Schindler.2024_vndzv2jw.pdf.