ALL - The Making of the Tom and Ruth Harkin Center

The purpose of the ALL book is to promote inclusive design as a societal norm rather than a box to check. By approaching every problem with empathy, grace, and humility, we can start a broader conversation about how to intentionally reshape our world into a more equitable one. Our hope is that this book will spark that conversation and give designers, creators, and innovators a place to start. Much like people, the strategies described in this book will adapt and change as we continue learn more through our research and collaborations.

BNIM collaborated with the Harkin Institute and MillerKnoll to tell the complete story of the Tom and Ruth Harkin Center. ALL was created to promote the practice of inclusive design across the architectural profession, and is presented in a two-part flip book: the design process for the building and site and the four guiding principles used to organize spaces. Inclusive design is rooted in a process that creates environments that are gracious and considerate of all abilities. Four guiding design principles, categorized as Generous Space, Equitable Experiences, Individual Empowerment, and A Clear Path, were established to organize strategies for the physical building and site design as well as furniture product selections and their settings. These strategies highlight the broad spectrum of abilities - physical, developmental, behavioral, and sensory – for inclusive design to be thoughtfully considered in our built environment. When they are implemented into architecture, it can establish a setting where everyone is welcomed and embraced without exception.

If you are interested in purchasing a PRINTED COPY of the book, contact Beena Ramaswami.