Perception of health and accessibility: an approach to support projects for urban public spaces

A percepção de saúde e acessibilidade: uma abordagem para apoiar projetos de espaços públicos urbanos

Urban public spaces are conceived within certain technical standards, which would meet people’s needs. According to users’ perception, that does not match all the time with the given arrangement, which may lead to rejection or misuse. In this article, the approach to analysis of projects for urban public spaces associates the perception of its users’ health with accessibility that these spaces can offer. This becomes a support for efficacy analysis of projects as part of a social inclusion policy. The approach associates an international functionality, incapacity and health classification to a multi-criteria analysis of these factors through interviews with involved population, using Likert scale, where aspects considered as accessibility barriers or facilitators of these spaces are evaluated. The results of the case studied in Belém, Brazil showed, for example, that the understanding that people have on the circulation environment regarding barriers or facilitators is not always determined by difficulties related to their performance in actions and that an inadequate project may be a limiting factor to accessibility, even for people without a diagnosed disability.


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  • Accession Number: 01492316
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 3 2013 9:23PM