Improving built environment ‘sustainability’ performance, via measurement, and placemaking performance, via ‘activation’, receives much contemporary attention. However, people with disability continue to experience lack of meaningful involvement in such endeavours. Increasingly, the built environment arena is becoming a private sector activity. The actors involved, however, have little understanding of either the accessibility needs of people with disability, or the inaccessibility. Mary Ann Jackson raises the critically important topic: placemaking – enabling or disabling?
Recently Saumya and Mary Ann co-authored a paper with Nicole Mechkaroff titled: Re-framing Built Environment Practice: Towards an Accessible City. This has now been published in The Journal of Public Space Special Issue. The title of the Special Issue is Universally Accessible Public Spaces for All