Why are Socially Inclusive Architects Crucial?

  • 18th Mar'21
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Over the years, both architecture and engineers have blessed us with some great marbles. A fine example of both is the seven wonders of the world. And recently they have been silently working towards creating something huge and new to further the ways a human can interact socially. This is getting recognition as a socially inclusive architecture. With the growing relevance of urban design and inclusive architectures over the years, several firms and companies have started prioritizing the emotional impact of urban designs. And while the concept is rather new, it has been quite challenging so far for the architecture and engineers to create such spaces around the world.

In this topic, we will delve into designing socially inclusive spaces and the impact caused by the inclusive space designs. However, before we get there how about getting a basic understanding of what socially inclusive architecture means? As only by understanding what it means we can further why socially inclusive architecture is crucial.


Socially Inclusive Designs


What is Socially Inclusive Architecture?

Socially inclusive architecture is about designing an environment where many people can interact socially irrespective of their age, gender, and disabilities. Now, while the concept may sound as brilliant and exciting, the execution part is the most complex of them all. This is because understanding the concept and then achieving inclusive spaces take a lot of aspects to be considered. Some of these aspects revolve around architects, engineers, and urban design to create a space that is accessible for both private and public purposes for as many people as possible.


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Designing More Inclusive Social Spaces

Now that we have established the concept of socially inclusive architecture and what it intends to achieve, it is still a long way to create such inclusive spaces. And to get there, it is important to follow a certain path or work within a set of rules of principles to get there. So, let’s see how we can get there.

As we already know, designing any socially inclusive space can be quite challenging, we should start with the first things first. This means the primary focus and the first steps should be about coming up with a design that is safe, easy, and dignified for everyone using that inclusive space. Next, the inclusive space must be designed in a way that is both responsive and welcoming to its users. Users should welcome feedback as well as input to further any improvements that could enhance the quality of the inclusive space design. 

Also, since the socially inclusive space will have all different kinds of people accessing it, it is essential that the design must adhere to their needs as well. Similarly, both convenience and accommodation are an important aspect of inclusive spaces too. So, ensure that design is accessible to the people irrespective of age, gender, mobility, race, etc. And for the final part, make sure that the selected design for the inclusive space has the characteristics of being realistic and achievable. 

So, this is how a person can lead to coming up with a more inclusive social space and it is obvious that the final part is the most challenging. But, however complicated it may with multiple solutions and cohesive work ethics this can be achieved in due time.


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Impact of the Socially Inclusive Design

The idea and the concept of the inclusive space urban designs are solely based on the crucial impact that it may have on the people living there. And therefore, the primary focus of designing such a space is to ensure its accessibility to as many people as possible. The socially inclusive design aims to power up more social interactions outside of the virtual worlds such as social media and gaming platforms, etc. 

Hence, the impact of this concept will be crucial as it will help more people to learn about various communities that have been living alongside and even acknowledge the wide diversity of it. People will have more flexibility with more accessible modes of transportations and accommodations. And similarly, the huge gainers will be the helpless infants and elderly people who often get neglected in the current way of life we have grown accustomed to. Also, this will lead to a familiar world with fewer barriers to move around and meet other people. As a result of this, the world will be a more happy and balanced place with having to face lesser violence and discrepancies around everywhere.


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About the author:

Sunny Samanta, OpenGrowth Content Team

A lone wolf by definition, a writer by heart, and a lost star with ambitions to light up the dark both inside and around me, sometimes by immersing myself into books or video games or traveling with a backpack to an uncertain destination believing that life is all about the choices we make and we don't.

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