Making good stairs is an important part of green design; you want people to use them instead of elevators in bigger buildings, and you want to get tighter, more efficient plans in smaller ones. A few years back TreeHugger had a regular Stair of the Week series, where we looked at the most interesting stairs popping up on design sites. Often residential stairs did not have handrails, which would really rile up the readers, leading to comments like:
I have not done stairs of the week for a while, but couldn't pass on this one by Feedback-Studio in Portugal, that has cantilevered treads and no handrail, and throws a set of winders into the mix! And I thought this was dangerous.
Heck, why even have stairs? We'll just all get to the upper level climbing a knotted rope, made of hemp of course. Really, who cares about the elderly and handicapped, they just need to toughen up and should have thought about moving everything downstairs before they got old or crippled.
One commenter wrote "you are in real danger of alienating me as a reader with this stuff. Please open a minimalist design blog if this is the sort of thing you are into." Perhaps he's right, but even I have limits.