The Inclusive City: Designing Cities That Meet Human Needs


Susan Goltsman and Daniel Iacofano


A2. Designing for cities and public arenas

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2014-06-16, 13:45 - 14:25


MA 9
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Design Case

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This Design Case introduces a bold new concept – inclusivity – as the basis for socially and environmentally responsible urban environments. The Inclusive City illustrates how cities can be designed to support the physical, economic, cultural and social needs of all people of all abilities, of all social strata and of all income levels. This project was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and evolved into the publication, The Inclusive City: Design Solutions for Buildings, Neighborhoods, and Urban Spaces. The book investigates 14 successful inclusive and universally designed projects around the world. The Inclusive City is a textbook for planning, design and urban development that offers a practical look at successful inclusive design projects – all with positive social impacts beyond the physical project itself. This session will present case studies and inclusive design guidelines obtained as lessons learned from these projects. It will explore how to apply the Inclusive City policy framework to produce positive social outcomes in the areas of economic development, housing and neighborhoods, education, access and mobility, habitat protection, community facilities and providing cultural meaning. The result is built environments and communities that are fully inclusive, welcoming and thriving.