Special Issue "Accessibility of Buildings and the Built Environment – Sustainable Environment Needs to Be Accessible"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 January 2023) | Viewed by 2806
Interests: structural materials; concrete; masonry; self-healing; building science; accessibility; numerical methods; sustainability
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The objective of this issue is to document the innovations and discoveries of research studies and designs on accessibility in the built environment, the evolution of accessibility codes and standards, and the experiences of people with different types of disabilities.
Disability is defined by the World Health Organization “as an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.” According to Achieve Australia, physical disability, sensory disabilities, and intellectual disabilities are defined as follows: a physical disability is a physical condition that affects a person’s mobility, physical capacity, stamina, or dexterity; sensory disabilities, or sensory impairments, affect one or more of a person’s senses: touch, hearing, sight, taste, smell, or spatial awareness; intellectual disabilities or impairments develop before adulthood and can affect a person’s ability to learn, communicate, retain information, and undertake work or leisure activities. Accessibility in the built environment for people with any form of disabilities is important to ensure equality in society, equitable contribution to society, and improve the quality of life for all. Accordingly, there is a need to document the state of knowledge pertaining to accessibility in the built environment, including buildings and monuments with heritage designation. This Special Issue will hopefully contribute to, encourage, and/or enhance the development of comprehensive accessibility standards worldwide.
Prof. Dr. Samir Chidiac
Manuscript Submission Information
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- people living with disability
- built environment
- existing buildings
- heritage buildings and monuments
- case studies
- codes, standards, guidelines