UNDERSTANDING THE MEANING AND IMPLICATION OF BARRIER FREE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Image source: 2017 ICC (International Code Council) A117.1-2017 Accessible and Usable Buildings code

On February 12, a physically challenged girl was made to climb two dozen stairs to reach her seat in a government exam hall in Madhya Pradesh and this incident got covered by large media houses. (Hindustan Times, February 15, 2017). There are millions of disabled people suffer every hour struggling to fight for their equal right to have barrier-free places.The issue goes beyond asking an individual or organization why they didn’t make requisite arrangements for physically challenged candidates to access their premises. Our built environment is notoriously disabled unfriendly. Apart from the Ahmedabad BRTS which was designed with the disabled in mind but it has been struggling to allow disabled person due to the failure of implementing strict barrier-free code while execution. Most forms of public transport haven’t been designed with the disabled in mind.
Methodology- Exploring institutions/ public transport infrastructure proposed for design for barrier-free design criteria and their limitations and obstructions achieving it through site visits, hands-on experience proposed structures lectures, documentaries & readings/ group discussions.
Objective: Understanding the need for equality in society for an unprivileged section and our responsibility in Architecture / urban design based on the deeper meaning of shared spaces but not only through the enforcement of code and regulations. Exploring the proposed barrier-free designs ( institutions, public transport) and failure to implementing it on site.Student deliverable: case study detailed analysis based on the selected barrier-free criteria ( like - ramps, door access, stairs, egress paths, public toilets,...etc)
Expenses for Students : Material cost :Rs.2000/, Local travel : Rs.1000/ as mentioned in expenses.

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