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Universally designed public spaces by enhancing accessibility and connectivity

Abd. Samad, Nur Amirah and Said, Ismail and Abdul Rahim, Asiah (2018) Universally designed public spaces by enhancing accessibility and connectivity. International Journal for Studies on Children, Women, Elderly And Disabled (IJCWED), 3. pp. 126-130. ISSN 0128-309X

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Public space, apart from public building is an important physical element in our built environment. Accessibility relates directly with the built environment and followed by accessible design that is often associated with providing to the needs of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). The current realm of our built environment claims to be accessible but only restricted to new buildings of public attractions and high-rise skyscrapers erected at urban developments. The unprecedented and left out public spaces in between these developments are the victims. These public spaces are the paths, the links, the connections, the nodes and the transitions of our built environment. This paper emphasizes the importance of enhancing the accessibility and connectivity aspect in order to create a universally designed public space to have the expectation of seamless journey. Lack of seamlessness in the access route concludes that those public spaces have not been taken into consideration while designing or planning adjacent developments. Accessibility may have been provided but restricted and is not designed for all which eventually is essential for everyone to participate in social and communal life. Significantly, noting accessibility as a crucial key factor in ensuring social inclusion and creating a balanced social sustainability.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3061/52918
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accessibility, public space, social inclusion and universally designed.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA2542.35 Environmental aspect of architecture
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA4100 Special classes of buildings > NA4170 Public buildings
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: Prof. Dato' Sri Ar. Dr. Asiah Abdul Rahim
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 14:35
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2021 20:03
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/52918

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