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Universal Accessibility: On the need of an empathy-based architecture

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherTampere University of Technology
Number of pages278
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-15-3891-9
ISBN (Print)978-952-15-3873-5
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2017
Publication typeG4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph)

Publication series

NameTampere University of Technology. School of Architecture. Housing Design
ISSN (Print)2242-4598


Universal Accessibility: On the need of an empathy-based architecture is a PhD thesis researching the paradigm of accessible architectural design. Starting from the very first understanding of accessibility in architecture, it analyses the evolution of the concept over recent decades up to the present, in order to evaluate its current significance.

The assumption of this dissertation is that all current theories concerning accessibility in architecture are not properly approached and/or they are poorly linked to architectural practice, since the main postulate of this thesis is that the quality of built environments is poor in respect to accessibility. Therefore, this thesis aims to point out the main problems that accessible designs face nowadays and, more importantly, to rationalize why this situation must be reversed while also exploring the tools for doing this.


  • universal accessibility, empathy, disabilities simulation, unnoticed accessibility, enabling design

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