Despite improvements in the last 20 years we still have a long way to go before all of our buildings, places and spaces are easy and comfortable for all of us to use. This book puts forward a powerful case for a totally new attitude towards inclusivity and accessibility. Exploring both the social and the business cases for striving for better, this book will empower architects to have more enlightened discussions with their clients about why we should be striving for better than the bare minimum, and challenging the notion that inclusive design should be thought of reductively as simply a list of “special features” to be added to a final design, or that inclusivity is only about wheelchair access. This book will be to help make inclusive design business as usual rather than something that is added on to address legislation at the end of the development process. Accessible and engaging, this book will be an invaluable resource for students as well as practicing architects, richly illustrated with case studies showing both good and bad examples of inclusive design and celebrating inclusion.
Table of Contents
1. What are the barriers to inclusive design? 2. Going above and beyond the regulations: why should we? 3. The business case for inclusive design and how to convince a client 4. Case studies that illustrate good (and bad) inclusive design
Julie Fleck is a Strategic Access Adviser for the Construction Industry Council as the Built Environment Professional Education Project (BEPE) Project Lead. She is a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert, and in 2004 was awarded the OBE for services to disabled people.