Volume 21, Number 1 (6-2011)                   IJAUP 2011, 21(1): 52-59 | Back to browse issues page

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Azemati H R, Bagheri M, Hosseini S B, Norouzian Maleki S. An assessment of pedestrian networks in accessible neighborhoods: traditional neighborhoods in Iran. IJAUP. 2011; 21 (1) :52-59
URL: http://ijaup.iust.ac.ir/article-1-79-en.html

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Accessibility is one of the important factors in public open space design and the creation of equitable neighborhoods. Limitations caused by physical disabilities should not be a barrier for accessing desired spaces and people must be able to live with the greatest possible independence regardless of mobility limitations. The purpose of this paper was to identify the inclusive criteria of pedestrian design and explore the physical characteristics of equitable neighborhoods in Iranian cities. People who experience disabilities have equal rights to have access to the physical environment, communication devices and different services for education, recreation, social participation, accommodation, health and employment. This study was based on the analysis of the morphological characteristics of the Iranian traditional towns (Yazd and Nain), the socio-historical information, and the direct observation of the spaces, and interviews. The findings of the research showed that social equity and shaping an inclusive community are among the problems of developing countries. Based on the findings related to physical limitations of people with special needs and their attitude toward the varied problems they face, some key solutions have been proposed to guarantee better independent movement and achieve equity of access. People with disabilities should be equal to others in terms of their access to urban spaces, regardless of gender, ethnicity and type of disability. Safety and convenience are some ways for promoting public health especially its mental aspects. Finally it can be said that inclusive pedestrian networks will provide the people especially those suffering from physical disability and moving limitations with more accessible routes and help them participate in personal and social spheres of life more effectively.
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Type of Study: Research Paper | Subject: Architectural Engineering
Received: 2011/06/22 | Accepted: 2011/09/6

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