Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to open the black box of prescriptive requirements by analysing their role in shaping interests and decisions on accessibility, and discuss the consequences hereof for a future move to a performance-based accessibility model based on Universal Design principles.
Design/Methodology/Approach: A single case study based on 15 qualitative interviews with clients about their approach to accessibility and Universal Design is analysed by using actor-network theory (ANT) as the theoretical framework.
Findings: It is shown that the prescriptive requirements in the Danish building regulations constitute a black box, which is decisive in defining the clients’ perception of the users and their level of ambition for accessibility by inscribing specific expectations, actions and ways of knowing about accessibility.
Research Limitations/Implications:The study is based on a qualitative single case study. We argue that analytical generalisations nevertheless can be drawn.
Practical Implications: Performance-based regulations can be a source of innovation but also entail negative consequences for the quality of the built environment if treated in an isolated manner alone.
Originality/Value: The paper contributes to the discussions on Universal Design and the implementation of performance-based accessibility regulation by illustrating how current prescriptive requirements are not mere “matters of fact” but play an active role in mobilising and shaping a network of users, technologies, norms and practices, which the introduction of performance-based requirements will radically alter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVolume 2 - 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization
EditorsIrene Lill, Emlyn Witt
Number of pages6
VolumeVolume 2
Place of PublicationEmerald Reach Proceedings Series
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Publication date1 May 2019
Pages365-370
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83867-051-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019
EventCEO2019 - 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization : Regional markets, networks and opportunities - Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 7 May 20198 May 2019
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ConferenceCEO2019 - 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization
LocationTallinn University of Technology
CountryEstonia
CityTallinn
Period07/05/201908/05/2019
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Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Building regulations
  • Clients
  • Performance-based model
  • Prescriptive requirements
  • Universal design

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Grangaard, S., & Gottlieb, S. (2019). Opening the Black Box of Accessibility Regulation. In I. Lill, & E. Witt (Eds.), Volume 2 - 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization (Vol. Volume 2 , pp. 365-370). Emerald Reach Proceedings Series: Emerald Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2516-285320190000002013
Grangaard, Sidse ; Gottlieb, Stefan. / Opening the Black Box of Accessibility Regulation. Volume 2 - 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. editor / Irene Lill ; Emlyn Witt. Vol. Volume 2 Emerald Reach Proceedings Series : Emerald Publishing Limited, 2019. pp. 365-370
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Grangaard S, Gottlieb S. Opening the Black Box of Accessibility Regulation. In Lill I, Witt E, editors, Volume 2 - 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. Vol. Volume 2 . Emerald Reach Proceedings Series: Emerald Publishing Limited. 2019. p. 365-370 https://doi.org/10.1108/S2516-285320190000002013