Abstract

Acknowledging that the Danish Buildings Regulations is having an impact on the design of inclusive architecture, a Danish government agency focuses on new models for the accessibility requirements in the future Building Regulations supporting an innovative and inclusive architecture. In order to establish empirical material for the analysis and development of new models, architectural firms have been invited to workshops and group interviews to present their own experience of the challenges and the opportunities that they meet in their everyday practice as users of the Buildings Regulations. The prescriptive accessibility requirements were criticised for being too homogenous. A majority of the firms suggest a performance- based model in order to work with ‘accessibility zoning’ achieving flexibility because of different levels of accessibility in a building due to its performance. Paradoxically a minimum level is required in order not to lose accessibility.

Keywords:

design practice; inclusive design; accessibility; performance-based codes

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Jun 17th, 12:00 AM

Towards Innovative and Inclusive Architecture

Acknowledging that the Danish Buildings Regulations is having an impact on the design of inclusive architecture, a Danish government agency focuses on new models for the accessibility requirements in the future Building Regulations supporting an innovative and inclusive architecture. In order to establish empirical material for the analysis and development of new models, architectural firms have been invited to workshops and group interviews to present their own experience of the challenges and the opportunities that they meet in their everyday practice as users of the Buildings Regulations. The prescriptive accessibility requirements were criticised for being too homogenous. A majority of the firms suggest a performance- based model in order to work with ‘accessibility zoning’ achieving flexibility because of different levels of accessibility in a building due to its performance. Paradoxically a minimum level is required in order not to lose accessibility.

 

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