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

By Wolfgang Christ

Entry and accessibility are crucial topics in structure and urbanism. The objective is to make structures available either horizontally and vertically, in addition to to supply them with technical infrastructure. however the target can be to make sure the accessibility of entire streets, routes, parks, and squares, or even complete towns and areas. this present day, entry is a key inspiration within the so much disparate parts 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 on. In 13 articles, this booklet offers with this international of entry in structure, urban making plans, and neighboring fields. subject matters comprise making sure the accessibility of whole city components, renewing that of components that have been formerly applied in a different way, together with the final population in idea making plans, and the way structure can assist supply entry to a greater caliber of lifestyles.

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By developing this technology, Schindler has made it possible for elevators to be quickly taken out of public use for a single private journey, and then immediately to be placed back into public service. Such a technology has numerous applications, not least in hospitals where - as mentioned - the elevators for visitors are typically crowded and in continual use, while those for medical personnel stand idle for much of the time. Another is in office buildings, where some elevators have historically been reserved for the use of top executives.

The consens us vision that emerged overturned th e local au thority's brief for th e site ,which had essentia lly rendered the development of the former Minist ry of Defence site economic ally unvi able for private finance. During the com munity planning event local people accepted that, in order to deliver th e level of benefits the y required, additional enabling development would be necessary. This opened the way for an addi tional 300 residen- tial units to be built on the site. Following the event a number of specialist focus group s were set up to continue the dialogue, and involved over 100 local people meeting up on more th an 50 occas ions.

Andreas von Zadow, perspektivenwerkstatt, Deutsches Institut fOr Urbanistik, Berlin 1997. Andreas von Zadow, "Konzertierte Aktionen fur einen integrativen Stadtumbau," in: Stadt im Umbau - Neue urbane Horizonte, salzburger Institutfur Raumordnung undWohnen, Salzburg 2005. uk • 63 Variety The Sudstadt in Ttibingen as a model for the city Cord Soehlke In the 21st century, more people now live in cities tha n in rura l areas. In western societies in particul ar, people's everyday lives, and what the y can and cannot do, are sha ped by their urban environment.

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