Azari Mat Yasir has been teaching architecture at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for 18 years now. Throughout this time, one particular problem kept bugging him and Azari just couldn’t ignore it any longer. Property developers have been cutting corners on accessibility, making everyday life for people with special needs way harder than they could be. Moreover, the authorities in the country have been turning a blind eye to what’s happening. So, the lecturer decided to take matters into his own hands, creating a series of illustrations depicting these struggles that shouldn’t even exist in the first place.
“As architects, we are trained to fulfill the needs of the end user,” Azari told Bored Panda. “However, accessibility needs are almost never a priority in Malaysia, apart from special needs buildings like hospitals. Most architectural programs offered at local universities don’t even emphasize on special needs, or more known as Universal Design, my university included.”