Planning and designing accessible public spaces in Canadian universities: A case study of the University of Manitoba

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Bergen, Krystyl
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This practicum focuses on the design of public spaces at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the use of universal design standards as a catalyst for a more accessible campus. The research contributes to current thinking about accessible, universal and inclusive planning and design in Canada. This practicum reviews planning documents and the recently enacted Accessibility for Manitobans Act, complemented by design ethnography using moving interviews, and photo mapping, to build grounded insights that lead to new ideas about accessibility planning and accessible campus design in Winnipeg and other cities in Canada. Urban marginalization affects the lives of many residents in Winnipeg with disabilities; in fact, one in six Manitobans have some form of disability. This marginalization often leads to deprivation of basic human rights and inhibits access to goods and services. When basic human rights are violated, independence and urban engagement can potentially be limited.
Accessibility, Barrier-Free, Civil Right, Design Exclusion, Design for All, Disability Matters, Disability Planning, Inclusive Design, Inclusive Environments, Universal Design, User- Friendly