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Title: COMMUNITY CLUBS AS 'INCLUSIVE' PUBLIC SPACES: THE DISABLED PERSPECTIVE
Authors: TAN YI JIAN JUSTIN
Keywords: Real Estate
RE
Diao Mi
2015/2016 RE
Issue Date: 3-May-2016
Citation: TAN YI JIAN JUSTIN (2016-05-03). COMMUNITY CLUBS AS 'INCLUSIVE' PUBLIC SPACES: THE DISABLED PERSPECTIVE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper will investigate the concept of inclusive public spaces from the perspective of the disabled. The research is motivated by the Government’s recent policy focus on inclusivity, and a dearth of local scholarship on disability in the context of the built environment. The paper will (i) determine fundamental differences in factors motivating the disabled use of public spaces, in particular the concept of accessibility, (ii) examine Community Clubs (CCs) as a proxy for public spaces due to their purpose of being common spaces for social bonding, and (iii) shed further light on the effectiveness of the current measures to improve the physical built environment. Survey questionnaires and short interviews with the general public and Persons with Disability (PWDs) have found that factor motivations are significantly different between both groups. Although accessibility (in terms of barriers) continue to remain a major factor that influences the PWDs’ use of public spaces, social and psychological barriers are now identified to be of equal concern as physical barriers; the former of which has been relatively overlooked by urban planners as compared to the latter. Policies introduced to encourage inclusive spaces such as the Code on Barrier Free Accessibility and the Universal Design Mark have been successful. However, it is observed that there is still room for improvement in terms of scale and extent of implementation. Furthermore, it is determined that CCs are public spaces that merely have the potential for inclusion, but do not actively reduce exclusion – a distinction that will affect the extent and success of future inclusive spaces.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/220321
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