The reality of the built environment for disabled people is one of social, physical and attitudinal barriers which prevent their ease of mobility, movement and access. In the United Kingdom, most homes cannot be accessed by wheelchair, while accessible transport is the exception rather than the rule. Pavements are littered with street furniture, while most public and commercial buildings provide few design features to permit disabled people ease of access.
Inclusive Design is a documentation of the attitudes, values and practices of property professionals, including developers, surveyors and architects, in responding to the building needs of disabled people. It looks at the way in which pressure for accessible building design is influencing the policies and practices of property companies and professionals, with a primary focus on commercial developments in the UK. The book also provides comments on, and references to, other countries, particularly Sweden, New Zealand, and the USA.
Table of Contents
List of Figures. The Authors. Acknowledgements. Preface. Part 1: Debate. 1. Inclusive Design and Development in the Built Environment. 2. Barriers to Disabled People's Inclusion in the Built Environment. 3. Access Directives in the Development and Design Process. Part 2: Illustrations. 4. Developers' Responses to the Building Needs of Disabled People. 5. Architects and Disabling Design Practices. 6. Shaping Access Through Institutional and Project Team Dynamics. Part 3: Reflections. 7. Alternative Directions in Property Development, Disability and Design. Footnotes. Appendices. References. Index.
Rob Imrie is a professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London. His research interests include the geographies of mobilty and movement of disabled people, urban design and disability, and urban politics and governmentality. Peter Hall is a full time researcher in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway employed on a Leverhulme Trust funded project on 'Architects and Disabling Design in the Built Environment'.
'This is a well written and informative book on an important topic. The authors have taken an interesting perspective on access and the built environment by focussing on the role of the development industry. Their findings are shocking. Anyone interested in urban issues will find a wealth of insightful material in this book' - Nick Oatley, University of the West of England