It isn't just about having space. It needs to be inclusive and accessible.
SDG 11 calls for cities and communities to provide universal access to green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities. This means designing spaces for different abilities and considering gender dynamics. However, as research from the University of British Colombia puts it, “the sense of inclusivity is a subjective feeling rather than an objective measurement. Our perception of public spaces is not limited to their design and physical form. We attach meaning and emotions to them after interacting with them over time”. As part of the Designing the Inclusive University course offered at The University of Melbourne, students one year were asked to investigate the experience of space for the University’s diverse students and staff and propose a design program to improve accessibility for the whole University.
+Who are your spaces accessible to? Who is using them? How do you change that?