Public Space and Accessibility

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15320/ICONARP.2018.46

Keywords:

Inclusive design, design for the disabled, universal design, accessibility

Abstract

Virtually everyone experiences a physical disability at some time in their lives; that is to say that their mobility has been restricted. An infant, en adult with an injury, a parent with a pushchair, an elderly person are all disabled in one way or another. Those who remain healthy and able-bodied throughout their lives are few. The physical environment and public services and public spaces in general should be as barrier-free as possible to fulfil the needs of all people equally. People with a disability have the same rights as other people. People with a disability are not a homogeneous group. They may include the mentally retarded. The most important item for the disabled people is the possibility of circulation; namely accessibility. Inclusive and universal design approaches have to be considered especially for the public spaces and public buildings. In this paper, some main items of circulation in relation with accessibility have been detailed as well as a workshop study outputs which has been hold in Selçuk University, Department of Architecture.

Author Biography

Meltem Yılmaz

Meltem Yılmaz was born in Canada, on April 28, 1965. She received the Diploma in Architecture from Middle East Technical University and the Master’s degree from Hacettepe University. Her Ph.D. degree is from Ankara University. She is currently working in Hacettepe University as a professor in Department of Interior Architecture & Environmental Design. Her research interests include sustainable design, universal design, design for disabled people and historical environments.

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Published

31-08-2018

How to Cite

Yılmaz, M. (2018). Public Space and Accessibility. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, 6, 01–14. https://doi.org/10.15320/ICONARP.2018.46