A non-Western look at inclusive cities

The very tall tower buildings form the city skyline in Dubai.The story of Dubai, as with any living city, continues to be written day by day. And that includes disability rights and inclusion. “Building the Inclusive City: Governance, Access and the Urban Transformation of Dubai” is a book that provides a contemporary history of disability in city planning from a non-Western perspective. From the abstract:

“Three insights inform the author’s approach. First, disability research, much like other urban or social issues, must be situated in a particular place. Second, access and inclusion forms a key part of both local and global planning issues. Third, a 21st century planning education should take access and inclusion into consideration by applying a disability lens to the empirical, methodological, and theoretical advances of the field. By bridging theory and practice, this book provides new insights on inclusive city planning and comparative urban theory. This book should be read as part of a larger struggle to define and assert access; it’s a story of how equity and justice are central themes in building the cities of the future and of today.”

Building the Inclusive City: Governance, Access and the Urban Transformation of Dubai by Victor Santiago Pineda is available for purchase in the usual places, but is also available as open access on ResearchGate

Editor’s note: I travelled to Dubai in 2015 and found much of the new infrastructure very accessible. I was impressed with the air conditioned bus stop shelters.