Accessibility, culture and cultural heritage

ROCK programme 'Design for people’s autonomy. Rights to independent living'

13th May 2020

In the historical areas of the cities, accessibility has to face the adaptability of places, the scarcity of resources for organic and systematic interventions, the conservative and heritage protection requirements that inevitably affect the field of action.

The programme Design for people’s autonomy. Rights to independent living, organised as part of ROCK, is articulated into two workshops. The first one, Accessibility, culture and cultural heritage, will explore the accessibility as a design tool, capable of translating individual and collective instances, needs and topics into design elements of new services, tools, and uses linked to Cultural Heritage and cultural contents. An approach that places the user (the citizen) at the core of the social life and public realm definition.

A progressive and radical change at cultural strategic level has been registered during the last years about accessibility: it is intended as empowerment, meaning the individual and collective awareness of the right to access goods or services within one’s own community, as the right to actively participate in the public life and reduce disparities are core elements of a stable democracy.

Author: Houpert Cecile - EUROCITIES