Spatial (E)quality from a User Perspective

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Abstrakt

Universal Design (UD) has gained global significance and is in the
process of being interpreted and institutionalised in the Nordic Region. Hence a
broader understanding of the theoretical basis and practical architectural
applicability of UD is advancing.
This paper builds a framework for understanding two current notions of UD and
accessibility in Denmark. Implications are that understandings and motivations of
UD and accessibility from architects´ and users´ perspective are asymmetrical. In
collaborative relationships, UD and accessibility are seen from an architectural
design perspective and a human rights perspective respectively. This influences the dialogue and cooperation of the two parties.
Reflecting the possibility to further a comprehensive understanding of spatial
implication of UD, this paper aims to contribute with a clarification and a discussion of the two perspectives. Within the architectural field, Disabled People´s Organisations Denmark (DPOD) is one of the key actors in user participatory
processes related to UD and accessibility, and the organisations play an important role in a Danish discourse.
Through observations and interviews with DPOD user representation and practicing architects, the paper sheds light on the central notions of UD and accessibility - a spatial quality perception and a spatial equality perception. Along with qualitative research conducted at the Danish Building Research Institute, the on-going PhD research project “Generating Inclusive Built Environments through User Driven Dialogue in the Architectural Design Process” frames current thinking and discusses the process of advancing the dialogue, in direction of furthering both Spatial Quality and Spatial Equality.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelTransforming our World Through Design, Diversity and Education : Proceedings of Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress 2018
RedaktørerGerald Craddock, Cormac Doran, Larry McNutt, Dónal Rice
Antal sider9
UdgivelsesstedAmsterdam
ForlagIOS Press
Publikationsdato1 jan. 2018
Sider743-749
Artikelnummer115
KapitelBuilt Environment – Internal and External
ISBN (Trykt)ISBN 978-1-61499-922-5
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781614999225
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2018
BegivenhedUniversal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress - Dublin, Irland
Varighed: 30 okt. 20182 nov. 2018

Konference

KonferenceUniversal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress
LandIrland
ByDublin
Periode30/10/201802/11/2018
NavnStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Vol/bind256
ISSN0926-9630

Emneord

  • Universal Design, Architecture, Values, Design Process

Citationsformater

Sørensen, R. (2018). Spatial (E)quality from a User Perspective. I G. Craddock, C. Doran, L. McNutt, & D. Rice (red.), Transforming our World Through Design, Diversity and Education: Proceedings of Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress 2018 (s. 743-749). [115] IOS Press. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Bind 256 https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-923-2-743