Inclusive environments: encouraging uptake

A modern building in Beijing. It looks like a concrete round beehive shape.The difference between inclusive design and accessibility is discussed by the Design Council in an article published in a special edition of World Architecture magazine. Catherine Howill and Elli Thomas explain how inclusive design works better for everyone. However, achieving this in the building industry has its challenges. “It requires a significant systematic and cultural shift.”

They argue for leadership from the top and commitment to change from the bottom. Collectively this can set up a framework and formal mechanisms to guide industry and also develop practitioner skillsets. The social and economic arguments are included together with thoughts on outcomes and next steps. The article includes a graphic of the Ladder of Participation.

The title of the article is Inclusive Design: Beyond Accessibility. It’s published in a special edition of World Architecture Magazine China – ‘Accessibility for All’. It is published in both English and Mandarin.

Part of the article is on the Design Council website which has an easier text to read than the PDF version in the magazine

Abstract: The essay advocates for the building industry to go beyond meeting accessibility requirements and instead focus on an inclusive approach to designing places, arguing that Inclusive environments work better for everyone and are essential if we are to create a fair society and a sustainable future. Through the lens of a UK context – the article examines the legal, systematic and policy changes already in place and discuss next steps to ensuring widespread industry and practitioner uptake.

Inclusive Design: Beyond Accessibility

Keywords: inclusive design, places, diversity, requirements,industry change

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