Image source: student work Elective conducted by Imran Mansuri
Rapidly urbanizing cities in the Indian context are bringing people closer to new economic and sociocultural opportunities, and access to the shared infrastructure, however persons with disabilities still face a range of constraints in most cities, such as inaccessible buildings and public spaces, limited transportation options, inaccessible housing, and barriers in using the technology-enabled infrastructure.
As part of the course pedagogy, students will be exposed to exploring public institutions/ urban sites/public transportation systems which were supposed to be designed and comply with guidelines and space standards for Barrier-Free Built Environment for disabled and elderly people. In addition to the regular theory classes student will be taken out for field visits & hands-on experience to understand the issues complying with barrier-free design criteria, their limitations, and obstructions to achieving it.
In a limited way, the effort is to sensitize the students toward the obstacles associated with achieving a barrier-free built environment and the gap between policies and their implementation using existing codes and guidelines for accessibility.