Requirements of an Inclusive Space

Elective Week 2

This class was about understanding the basic qualifications a space must have to be considered ‘Inclusive’.A space can be any area ‘containing’ people.The difference between a space and an infrastructure would be the static versus the dynamic nature of the two.Making sure a place is inclusive starts,ironically,with division.We must understand the kinds of groups people may be segregated into first before deciding a method to make them feel included.The dvisions consists of aspect such as physical disability,visual and hearing impairment,gender,race,or even economical status.

We also discussed the kinds of inclusiveness,and how each space can be modified to fit each kind.The discussion can be divided into two parts:

A) Quantitative Parameters

  • Dimensions-Dimensions play the most important role in this category.How big a space is,its height,width,surface area largely affects the comfort given to a person present in the space.It will also physically affect certain aspects of disability,like wheelchair maneuver and other equipment related to a physical disability.
  • Capacity- The dimensions of the room affects the surface area,which in turn has a direct impact on the number of people which can be present at a time in the room,i.e. the capacity.A large number of people in a lower capacity would send out very different signals compared to a less number of people in a higher capacity.The former case would work well in a club,but the second case would be unsuccessful because it simply does not give the same atmosphere.
  • Number of Restrooms-More number of restrooms located equidistantly in a space will always be convenient.
  • Furniture- The amount of furniture will directly affect the accessibility when it comes to wheelchair use,since it determines the amount of space left for mobility.
  • Mobility-The ease of commute in a space also affects its inclusiveness.

B) Qualitative Parameters

  • Vantage-Includes Open Spaces,Open planning
  • Safety-Safety plays a huge role in making a space feel comfortable.Arrangements like metal detectors,bag scanners,equidistant fire exits,smoke detectors,announcement systems,and other facilities provide a notion of safety to people present in a space and eliminate any cause of danger.People present near such facilities in uniform attire also symbolizes discipline and thus a sense of sophistication.
  • Color-The color palette of a place largely helps set the vibe of a place.A dark,grunge theme would probably suit a garage,parking lot,a vibrant theme would suit a kids play area or a school,while a muted,soft theme would suit a showroom,gallery or a clothing store.

The discussion helped us come to a consensus and set benchmarks for our home assignment,creating an Audit checklist to review various spaces for their degree of inclusiveness.

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