Access for All: Approaches to the Built Environment by Wolfgang Christ

By Wolfgang Christ

Entry and accessibility are important issues in structure and urbanism. The objective is to make constructions obtainable either horizontally and vertically, in addition to to supply them with technical infrastructure. however the target can also be to make sure the accessibility of complete streets, routes, parks, and squares, or even complete towns and areas. at the present time, entry is a key suggestion within the such a lot disparate components of lifestyles. therefore, it's also a question of entry to wisdom and schooling, entry to wisdom media just like the web, entry to healthcare, entry to languages, and so forth. In 13 articles, this booklet bargains with this international of entry in structure, urban making plans, and neighboring fields. issues comprise making sure the accessibility of complete city parts, renewing that of components that have been formerly applied otherwise, together with the final population in inspiration making plans, and the way structure will help supply entry to a greater caliber of lifestyles.

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